There are over 5 million orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa with 12,000 being added every month, and hundreds of thousands of child-headed households. It is against this background that LIV was founded, partnering with government, business and the church, with the church being the catalyst to provide urgently needed holistic residential care on a large scale for the most vulnerable of these children. Our core vision is to Rescue a child, Restore a life, Raise a leader, and Release a star.
The building of the first LIV village began in 2010 in Durban and consists of 96 homes (for 600 children), a school from grade 000 to grade 12, a holistic Health Care Centre including social services, therapy and a medical clinic, and in the centre of the village is the church which is the very heartbeat of village life. The future vision is to see many villages and safe homes around South Africa, and beyond, all being undergirded by the church. We believe, in turn, these children will go on to rescue and impact many more children and our nation will be changed.
Unilever approached LIV at the end of 2016 with the option of entering into a partnership to better care for these children in the Thokomala homes. The heart and vision was the same, to give every child the best opportunity to reach their full potential. The journey began, resulting in the launch of LIV THOKOMALA on 8th December 2017 with LIV officially taking over the management of the homes on the 1st January 2018.
THOKOMALA (started and previously managed by Unilever SA) is a story that started in 2002 when the first house opened its doors to welcome six children. THOKOMALA, which means "warmth" or "care" in isiZulu, aims to provide a holistic child care solution to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children so that they have hope of a BRIGHTER FUTURE.
LIV THOKOMALA endeavours to give each child within these homes every opportunity to reach their full potential as we do for our LIV children in the Durban village. We will continue to work with the social workers assigned from the local Child Welfare offices and the newly appointed local churches who will undergird each home bringing regular support to the mothers and children through the various skills of their members. This includes professional counselling when required, extra mural activities for children with talents in the arts and sport, career guidance, and most importantly extended family support.
“The effects of HIV/AIDS demands a more SUSTAINED APPROACH involving the COMMUNITY and a primary unit of care and nurturing, namely the family. A SOLID FAMILY ENVIRONMENT is essential in paving the way towards the realisation of FUTURE DREAMS and aspirations of children.”
- Nelson Mandela
At present there are 18 LIV Thokomala homes around South Africa each with Trained foster mothers and 98 children in residence. Thokomala at capacity can be home to 108 children (should funding be available; more homes can be purchased, and more children can be placed in loving homes)
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
• Church, Business and Government working together
• Passion and Compassion
• Christian moral regeneration
• Leaving a legacy for future generations
• Solutions and success stories