We are a community-based organisation that provides innovative solutions for sustainable development. We aim to create safer, stronger communities by providing educational and skills-building opportunities to individuals. Our mission is to empower people to create positive change – change in individuals, change in their communities and eventually changes that impact the world.
After two years of on-the-ground research, co-founders Angela Larkan and Tyler Howard established Thanda in rural KwaZulu-Natal in 2008 to provide support for children through after-school programming. The model made use of existing resources within the community – unemployed youth were hired and trained to become After-school Facilitators and empty classrooms at local schools were used to host after-school sessions.
Today, we offer four core programmes: 1) Early Childhood Development; 2) After-school Programming; 3) Organic Farming; and 4) Creative Learning Training. We are creating jobs in our community by hiring and upskilling people within our community to become Early Childhood, After-school, and Farming Facilitators. As the only non-profit organisation supporting this underserved area, we reach 800 children and youth, as well as 215 farmers daily.