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Thabazimbi – who would ever have heard of this place in the lonely north of South Africa? 200 kilometers north of Johannesburg, near the border with Botswana, lies the municipality and is part of the province of Limpopo. The community is named after the Sotho phrase “Thaba ya Tsipi”, which means mountains of iron and refers to the iron ore mines in the local mountains. Here, the Mernschen are looking for work at the mines and many live in informal settlements of corrugated ironworks, when they find nothing better. Children grow up in dire poverty and need help early because their parents can not take care of them. In the immediate vicinity there are the most beautiful wildlife farms and national parks. Here, Viveka Ansorge and Martin Schulte-Frohlinde moved with their daughter Marlene from Berlin in 2005,

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The first houses were built in 2005, the first children were taken in and the first employees were hired in the THABANG Children’s Project. Today, the project, led by South Africans Tessa and Cecil White, is a well-established component of social care in the region. As the “Child and Youth Care Center” registered by the Department of Social Development, it now looks after about 40 children and runs a social counseling center in the “Smash Block” corrugated iron housing estate. More than 30,000 people live there, and poverty, unemployment and HIV are widespread. THABANG currently supplies about 300 households there and about 45 children in the so-called drop-in center, an afternoon care service for schoolchildren.

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The THABANG Children’s Home Trust was founded in August 2004. The project’s first phase consisted of pioneering footwork in the informal settlement of Smash Block. Thanks to the initiative of THABANG a local day clinic was established, which works closely with the THABANG Community Care Centre till today.


2005 parallel to the development of the aid project a circle of friends in Berlin founded a German Verein to support THABANG Children’s Project:
Thabang – Initiative für südafrikanischer Kinder e.V.
Founder Viveka Ansorge travels to Thabazimbi once a year and visits the project.

The Verein has been raising funds and ideas since 2005 to support the THABANG project Children’s Project. Support was provided for  renewable energy provision, the Thabang Marimba Band, soccer training, school fees and school uniforms, driver’s licences for the grown children and the establishment of the Malspiel from Arno Stern. For further information check Malort Mitte Berlin.

The Berliner Verein also offers young people from Europe the opportunity to gain experience in the project as part of an internship in South Africa.

Thabang – Initiative für südafrikanische Kinder e.V., gemeinnütziger Verein, Berlin, Germany
Contact: Viveka Ansorge, Berlin
Thabang e.V., Erdmannstrasse 6, D-10827 Berlin
Ph: +49 177 652 58 23, e-mail: viveka.ansorge@posteo.de

Donations to Thabang e.V. are tax decuctable in Germany.
Spenden an den Verein sind in Deutschland steuerlich absetzbar.

Funds to / Spenden an Thabang e.V.:
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Bankleitzahl 100 205 00
Kontonummer 308 53 00

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