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Ikhwezi Welfare Organization is a non- profit making organization dedicated to improving the lives of the severely and mentally challenged children ,youth and old age personnel. Everybody will agree with us that very few institutions provide these services in black communities. Since the establishment of our organization in 1979, Ikhwezi has become a pillar of hope, strength and a refuge for these most vulnerable groups in our society.

The current context within our operations has changed dramatically as compared to the previous period when we received the funding. There has been a serious increase in the number of physically and mentally challenged personnel who needs to be accommodated in our facilities, against the backdrop of dwindling funding resources. The awareness campaigns by the department of Health on the caring and support of the children who are mentally challenged has yielded good results while at the same time we have witnessed a slight decrease in the level of abuse of the mentally and physically challenged children.

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These improvements have however put strain on our work as we are experienced  an increase in the number of parents and families who are bringing their children to the centre while others don’t pay frequent visits to the children which affects their emotional status and frustrate our efforts. The legislative requirements of the Mental Health Care Act of 2002 are very strict and resolute in terms of caring for the mentally disabled where it states in section 8, that “ The persons, human dignity and privacy of every mental health care user must be respected” it further states in the same section that “ The care, treatment and rehabilitation services administered to a mental health care users must be proportionate to his or her mental health status and may intrude only.”


To be an eminent pioneer in provision of quality care and sustainable support to the most vulnerable groups in the District of Ilembe in particular and KZN in general.


To provide personnel living with mental and physical disability quality services that reduce pain and add value to their lives.


As we have been serving the community we live in and those from all corners of South Africa, You can guarantee the best services from all..

It is truism that South Africans have not reached a stage where they treat mental illness as condition that can be managed and that that people suffering from mental illness are an integral part of the society. This exclusion and discrimination makes it critically imperative for the children living with mental disabilities to be catered for because they are the most vulnerable of all vulnerable groups in our country. The scarcity and in other cases the ineffectiveness of the centres caring for these children makes Ikhwezi Welfare Organization one of the very few deserving centre to be funded due to the following factors.

At Ikhwezi we pride ourselves at being an organization that adheres to good governance principles. To this end we have continuously and consistently produced unqualified report in terms of handling public money and running the centre. Our systems and governance mechanisms embrace the following principles:

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Our committed staff members who are passionate about caring for the children with mental and physical disability,

Our value laden approach towards children living with mental illness and disabled personnel. We are providing quality and affordable services for their well being

Unlike other disabilities, holistic mental disability service is a labour intensive service, requiring diverse skills and constant interventions