The Thembalitsha Foundation is an organisation committed to addressing the socio-economic challenges of the poor, vulnerable and marginalised people of South Africa. The aim is to enable self-reliance in people in order to have their hope restored. This is achieved through education, healthcare and training.
Currently, the foundation runs seven early childhood development centres, one high school and two training projects in South Africa.
Anthony Geard recently stepped in as the chairman of The Thembalitsha Foundation (South Africa).
He says, “It is an honour to step into the role of chairman of Thembalitsha, although I do so at a painful time in South Africa’s history.
The recent outbreaks of xenophobic attacks and gender-based violence are deplorable and shameful, although, regrettably, these are not inconsistent with what is happening on the ground most of the time, which speaks to profound societal stresses.
South Africa urgently needs a miracle that will usher in peace and justice and, more than ever, we need our friends in the UK and elsewhere to stand with us and provide encouragement and much-needed financial assistance.”
As South Africa suffers its own crises, The Thembalitsha Foundation is facing a crisis of its own in South Africa. Funding is drying up and significant cutbacks are on the cards.
Geard says, “Our projected deficit for 2019 is approximately £121,500 out of an annual budget of roughly £815,000.”
Geard says, “South Africa remains a challenging place in which to live, serve and work, but Thembalitsha’s amazing staff are rolling back the darkness and restoring hope to countless lives.”