Themba-labantwana Academy
Themba-labantwana Academy provides growth and development opportunities to poor, disenfranchised and low income people. We also help foster the development of healthy and vibrant communities.
  Frequently Asked Questions

How did Themba-labantwana Academy start?
TLA was borne out of the need to help young people and communities attain higher education, self sufficiency, economic stability, personal growth and access to quality education. With the aim of creating healthy and vibrant communities.

What is TLA’S approach to poverty eradication?
TLA assists the poor, and the disenfranchised in our communities, without creating dependency. The organization utilizes a participatory model of development — whereby stakeholders are involved actively in their own personal development; as well as been agents of change in their families and communities.

What makes TLA unique?
TLA is unique because, we employ holistic and innovative approaches to community development and personal empowerment. Our programs are designed to give voice to our stakeholders and create sustainable opportunities for them to be self-actualized. And they in turn, give back to their communities through volunteering.

What is TLA’S commitment to fiscal responsibility?
We are committed to responsible management of funds by ensuring that 80% of all donations go directly to the programs. While 100% of donations to our Adopt-a-student program and Scholarship funds go directly to the students. The 20% cover nominal operating costs: transportations, costs of printing training materials and other related costs.

How much of the total organizational budget goes towards salaries and consultant fees?
All our staff, consultants and volunteers work on a pro bono basis.

Who funds TLA?
TLA is funded by foundations, individuals and corporations.

How can I support TLA?
You can support us by making donations, volunteering and spreading the word about what we do.

What are the program areas of the organization?
Our program areas are: Education (scholarship, apprenticeship and internship), economic development (business development), health (preventative health and nutrition programs); and capacity building (leadership and self-help trainings).