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Charity profile

Ikamva Labantwana Bethu—“Our Children’s Future” in Xhosa—is a grassroots nonprofit organization in Crossroads Township addressing the crisis of youth unemployment and educational deficiencies in local schools. Founded originally as an after-school program, ILB provides educational support for primary school learners starting in grade 4, with the aim of both placing them in local, high-performing high schools and instilling good study habits, strong characters, and a lifelong passion for learning. To address youth unemployment, ILB partnered with the provincial government to create Youth Cafe, a comprehensive program designed to prepare out-of-school young adults for the job market. 

Over the past half-decade—in response to the community’s tremendous need— ILB has added new branches and expanded its focus on community development. Where governmental efforts have failed, ILB has stepped in, striving to change the community from within. As ILB founder and director Siviwe Dlukwana says, “ILB is the light in Crossroads."