Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable children 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 needs and opportunities of the individual, organization, or community. Our diverse projects are all connected through the underlying principle of empowerment. We prioritize cultural empathy 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 children in Langbos suffer from unstable home lives, psychological trauma, as well as HIV, TB, and malnutrition. The Langbos Children's Shelter will provide care and support for vulnerable children in the Langbos community.
The shelter has a unique ecodesign based around Superadobe, an earth building method that is environmentally-friendly and simple to teach.
We recruited and trained a local building team that included approximately 30 men and women from the Langbos community. 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.