Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals in South Africa by developing and supporting community-driven initiatives.
We work directly with vulnerable individuals, families, and community-based organizations to design and launch impactful initiatives together. Our approach is based on a fundamental belief that local community members hold the insights needed to uplift their communities. Our goal is to provide a platform of tools and resources to empower these community leaders and locally-led initiatives with support from around the world.
Our projects are based on careful assessments of the challenges and opportunities facing the individual, organization, or community. Our diverse projects are all connected through an underlying philosophy of empowerment through collaboration. We prioritize cultural awareness, and our beneficiaries play an integral role in designing and implementing our projects.
Langbos is an informal settlement with no running water, electricity, or paved roads. Many families in Langbos struggle to provide support for their children. This centre serves as a multipurpose platform in Langbos to foster new, community-led initiatives to support children and families in Langbos.
Our work in Langbos began with a door-to-door census, conducting in-depth interviews with over 150 families in their local language of isiXhosa.
The centre has a unique design based around Superadobe, an earth building method that is environmentally-friendly and simple to teach.
30 men and women of all ages from the Langbos community came together to learn new skills and construct the centre together. Builders were given a competitive wage, skills training, and nutritious meals every workday.
The shelter's design includes a variety of renewable energy systems including rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, and solar power.
Intsikelelo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in South Carolina. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.