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Thandanani Children's Foundation

Region KwaZulu-Natal

Thandanani Children’s Foundation was established in 1989, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The Foundation’s vision is to give hope and care to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).

The Thandanani Children’s Foundation is continuing to give hope and support to the most vulnerable children through their OVC programme. Despite the significant increase in the number of orphans throughout the years, the Foundation gives a smile to over 2,329 children.

Programme Description

The ultimate goal of the Foundation is  to develop self-reliant care and support systems in each of the communities they serve. To achieve this goal, Thandanani’s Training Team trains volunteers in various aspects of OVC care and support.

Programme Activities

OVC programme activities include:

  • Conducting regular home and school visits to monitor and address the material, physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of the OVCs.
  • Distributing emergency relief supplies to those households in need of assistance.
  • Facilitating access to social security grants and other forms of material support.
  • Facilitating caregiver support that include life-skills programmes and memory box work.
  • Operating Early Learning Centres for the OVC’s.
  • Organising and conducting community awareness campaigns aimed at educating the broader community on issues related to child rights and care.
  • Supporting the development of food gardens, food kitchens, income generating projects and Early Learning Centres within each community.
  • Thandanani’s development team supports the volunteers and OVC households by holding regular volunteer meetings to assist the volunteer teams to plan and implement their activities.
  • Conducting home and school visits  to monitor the material, physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing of OVC’s and activities of volunteers.

Starfish support

Starfish currently supports Thandanani with funding for their OVC programme, including institutional training, salaries as well as operational costs. Starfish contributes towards food parcels and relief supplies including clothes, blankets and  toiletries.


  • Branded volunteers uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Bags
  • Blankets for the household during winter time
  • School shoes for OVCs
  • Comfortable office chairs
  • Food parcels
  • Households Equipment (pots, stoves, plate and cups and bed line)
  • Building material
  • School stationary (Calculators, dictionaries, Mathematics sets)