|Thirty years ago, Helen Lieberman, stunned by the effects of poverty she saw around her, began a tiny program to help mothers and children. Today Ikamva Labuntu is a massive organisation that helps thousands of people in need in South Africa. It builds and supports crèches, schools, senior and youth centres, programs for the disabled, skills training and building initiatives.
It employs social workers, occupational therapists, community fieldworkers, nurses and teams of volunteers. Ikamva Labuntu develops solutions by South Africans for South Africans, building step by step, and person by person. Uniquely, this charity works from the inside out, rather than from the outside in. In this way we maintain community ownership and direction.