About Us

Executive Summary

Keir Lethemba Foundation is a recently established and registered NGO that provides by its registration status Tax deductible benefits on all donations received.

Poverty is rife in impoverished communities and consequently has deprived individuals of their right and ability to be educated

The dilemma the ECD sector is faced with stems from historical neglect and the sector is confronted with numerous challenges in respect to quality, including an under skilled workforce, low pay and poor conditions of service.

Many children are placed in poorly run Centre’s that contribute little to preparation and grooming of the countries youth for later growth and development in their social skills and educational capabilities.

There is a desperate need to have ECD facilities upgraded with regards to infrastructure, equipment and investment in the training of staff to produce quality practitioners.

Keys to Success

  • Establish a strong network of support
  • Launch a series of fundraising activities that will successfully fund the expanding programs.
  • Have an effective learning program in place.
  • Establish an effective training program for Teachers and Care Givers that will increase their ability to be successful communicators.
  • Establish an effective monitoring system to ensure continuity.

Background & Overview

The foundation owes its origin to the founder Charlene Keir,  who in her prescience to help others, realized an opportunity to turn her dreams into reality by offering the right ingredient to contribute to change and put right the many issues prevalent within poor communities where neglect, refusal and evasion of social responsibility placed those less fortunate in a very precarious and adverse situation.

This had severe impact on early childhood development in the mainly rural areas that unquestionably, by snowball effect, reverberated into the emerging youth that we see today.

Charlene, in her private capacity, has been a volunteer charity worker since 2003, from that point on,  has been actively involved in a number of support projects in the field of childhood development and relief.

Soon she realized that to achieve her goals was a practical impossibility on her own and with the full support of her family, opened and registered the NGO.

Her dedication led her to study further in the following fields to give qualified background and credence to the cause she so desired to promote.

  • 2010 : N 4-N 6 Educare certificate and Diploma (Best Student Award) – NQF Level 5-6 – Buffalo City FET College
  • 2011 : Honours in Social Science ( Sociology Development, IDS ) – NQF Level 8 – University of Fort Hare
  • 2013 : Master of Education – Early Childhood Development – NQF Level 9 – University of Fort Hare.

Her goals are appropriately seeded in the vision and mission statement of the foundation under this heading on the website.