Likhon iThemba is a registered NPO based in Durban, KZN
We are a young charity and passionate about the work that we do. We are very hands on and try to get involved and help out wherever we can. We currently run three projects under Likhon iThemba HOLAH baby house, Bowl of Plenty and Hop Charity shop. We are in the process of expanding HOLAH to be able to care for more children.
We don’t believe in begging for money or expecting it, we hold fundraisers to be able to give our supporters something for their money. We also run a charity shop, selling donations to raise funds for the projects we run.
Leanne and Kim are very much pro adoption and offer free advice and assistance to anyone interested in adoption or is considering giving their child up for adoption.Kim and Leanne have adopted 3 children of their own children through HOLAH Baby house and a similar organization. So the hands on experience of adoption is extremely helpful when communicating and promoting adoption.
Our main beneficiaries are underprivileged children, aged from birth to 7 years. We have a keen interest in children with special needs. We also aim to support the biological families of the children in our care and their potential adoptive families. We are always interested in networking with people who may be involved with an NPO or similar organisation to ours, or people wanting to get involved and give back to the community.
WE BELIEVE EVERY CHILD HAS POTENTIAL
We believe in the potential of every child no matter their background, where they come from, or what they have been through. We are passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa and giving them a head start for their future.
We are dedicated to providing a safe and loving family environment for those children who are left with no one. We are committed to ensuring that children feel safe and secure and that all their needs are met.
WE BELIEVE EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO A FAMILY
We believe that children should be part of a family; that they should feel secure, loved, never go hungry and have access to medical care when needed. This is our core philosophy.
Likhon iThemba was registered in June 2012. Our first project started under Likhon iThemba is the House of Love and Hope baby house (HOLAH). The second project, that we started in 2015, is Bowl of Plenty (BOP); a feeding and support program. We also have a charity shop – Charity Hop Shop
ENERGETIC, PASSIONATE, POSITIVE
The founders, management and staff are energetic and passionate about making a difference by impacting lives in a positive way. We are extremely hands-on and always looking for more things to get involved in and ways we can help. We believe in working in partnership and collaboration, where possible, with the local community, as well as businesses and individuals.We don’t believe in begging for money, nor do we expect it. We hold fundraising events to raise funds, but also with an aim to give our supporters and donors an enjoyable experience. We believe in giving our supporters something for their money.
When we receive corporate funding or sponsorship for an event, we ensure those sponsors are given maximum exposure through our social media accounts (HOLAH has just under 4000 Facebook followers), website (including on our Sponsor Page), and our emails. There are many benefits for a business supporting HOLAH, as well as the knowledge that they are really helping to make a difference to young children's lives.HOLAH co-founders and directors, Leanne and Kim, are very much pro adoption and offer free advice and assistance to anyone interested in adoption and to those who may be considering giving their child up for adoption.
Kim and Leanne have adopted three children of their own. This first-hand experience of adoption is extremely helpful when communicating and promoting adoption. At HOLAH we have had some local adoptions, as well as others from Cape Town and Johannesburg. We have also had 4 international adoptions. We are so grateful that we are able to keep in touch with most of the families.
Kim Brown and Leanne Lorrance Co Founders of Likhon iThemba
About Kim Brown
Kim has always had a passion and interest in helping vulnerable children, being adopted herself she understand the importance of these little ones going to a good forever home and being loved unconditionally. Kim has mixed experience and background from working in HR as an openings manager for Nandos UK, to working with disability in the UK and Australia, owning an ice cream shop in South Africa and au pairing. She feels she has finally found what she is meant to be doing. Kim encourages people to come and visit HOLAH, spend time with the babies and wants people to understand the importance of homes like HOLAH and see them as a positive happy place
About Leanne Lorrance
Leanne has 10 years experience in working with special needs in the UK and Australia. This has lead her to South Africa to follow her dream of working with special needs from birth upwards and playing a major role in improving the lives of children that face challenges. Leanne is driven to ensure every child at HOLAH is giving a chance to live a better life and a chance to be adopted no matter what their background is. Always willing to step out of her comfort zone if it means she is able to help and is passionate about getting people to do more to help others.