Ikhala Trust supports confident, vibrant organisations able to envision and catalyze positive change in their communities.

Hobeni Village

Bernie Dolley at Hobeni Village

Our mud-covered van during the Hobeni Village visitPlanning trips to organisations in rural Eastern Cape is all about “planning for all eventualities” but this time round we did not anticipate such awful weather conditions which saw Nobuzwe and I stranded at the Hole in the Wall on the Wild Coast, drenched to the skin, mud-covered van and shivering as we could not get back to The Haven where we had booked in for 2 nights.

It is no wonder that many donors would rather take a safe option and support organisations that are easily accessible and that they can reach without too much inconvenience.   » Continue Reading

Rising from the Devastating Carnage of the Fires

Donated clothes sorted by category

No words can describe the absolute heartache and devastation of the recent fires that affected so many communities along our beloved Garden Route as well as communities close to Port Elizabeth – Thornhill, Longmore, Jeffreys Bay, to name a few – the worst of its kind we have ever experienced and very, very hard to get our heads around – the force of nature vs humankind was overwhelming – lives were lost – for once as humans we had little control over what was happening and unfolding and watched in despair and horror as home after home was engulfed in flames ..  » Continue Reading

ABCD Training in Port Alfred

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Start with what is strong in ourselves and communities instead of what is wrong.

Awesome, very positive, encouraging approach, energetic, passion, zest for life – these were just some of the adjectives used to describe participants feelings after a 3-day Asset Based Community-driven Development workshop held in Port Alfred from the 16th – 18th May, 2017 and hosted by the Sunshine Coast Hospice.
Mapping Social Assets and Associations
Halyards Hotel and SpaThey were joined by Child Welfare –  » Continue Reading

ABCD Festival 2016 Report

Ikhala Trust ABCD Festival 2016 Banner

Following the success of the 2015 ABCD Festival, Ikhala Trust hosted another festival in November 2016 with the theme: “The Head, Heart, Hands and Feet of ABCD,” linking closely with the human assets identification exercise used during ABCD training.

Embracing the philosophy of ABCD entails a complete shift in mindset. It requires moving from deficit (poverty) thinking to an appreciative outlook and increasing awareness of the multiple opportunities and possibilities around us –  » Continue Reading

Little Things Make Big Things Happen

Marie Greyvensteyn (center) with their new printer

Marie Greyvenstein and her husband attended an ABCD workshop in Alexandria facilitated by Ikhala Trust and hosted by the Department of Social Development. In our sharing, she told her story of her love for history and writing, and that she had taken it upon herself to act as a tour guide in the little town, as they do not have a Tourism office. Marie’s enthusiasm for her little town and its people rubbed off on many of us.  » Continue Reading

Vuyo Msizi on the Road Again

Vuyo Msizi

Vuyo MsiziVuyo Msizi, a development co-ordinator from SCAT (Social Change Assistance Trust) regularly travels to far-flung rural areas and, through our collaboration, is able to to take much-needed second-hand clothing and donate these to community partners. This time around, we were able to send bags of good and clean items of school clothing generously donated by St Georges Prep in Port Elizabeth. Thank you Anusha for the generous donation of shirts, grey pants, school shoes,  » Continue Reading

A Story of 3 Generations of Beach Traders – Transcending Adversity

Richard and Lola's Mother

If you are like me, I love listening to stories, but not just any story – personal, authentic stories of HOPE, RESILIENCE and COURAGE. We heard many stories during our stay in Goa, but Lola’s story will stay etched in my memory for a long time.

Lola and SallyLola (35 years old), like her mother before her, has a makeshift stall a few metres away from one of the many beautiful beaches in Goa that she hires at 10 000 rupees per month –  » Continue Reading

ABCD International Festival – Goa

ABCD International Festival 2017

The Second International ABCD Festival will be held from 15 to 20 January 2017 at the superb facilities of the International Centre Goa in Dona Paula (India), bringing together people who specialize in using local strengths and solutions to improve communities.  The First International ABCD Festival in Blackpool (UK) in 2015 celebrated 20 years since the opening of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University in Illinois and was a huge success.  » Continue Reading

Bringing Christmas Joy

Thembekile Kanise (TK) of Catholic Development Centre, Mthatha, with Dr Mashiyi, Sr May and Sr Notabo of Maclear General Hospital

Thembekile Kanise (TK), the Director of Catholic Development Centre, Mthatha handing over 3 monitors to the Maclear General Hospital CEO, Dr N. L. Mashiyi, Sr May and Sr Notabo who are in charge of the labour and neonatal wards at the Maclear General Hospital. According to the CEO, they have asked the Department of Health for these for a very long time, but to no avail. Through bringing it to the attention of TK,  » Continue Reading

Kwenzekile Community Development Centre

Unathi Jara-Magenu

Unathi Jara-MagenuThe Kwenzekile Community Development Centre (KCDC) in Tsolo is very proud of one of our Mthatha College students, Unathi Jara-Magenu, who received 80% in Mathematics and passed all her subjects in N1 Civil and Building Engineering. She was awarded two certificates for her hard work. Looking at Unathi’s background and her home situation, this is a major achievement for her. Her father left them a long time ago, forcing the mother to do odd jobs to make ends meet to feed her five children.  » Continue Reading