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The Imibala Trust: Who they are, what they do, and how they are making an impact

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

By The Imibala Trust

About us

Established in 2002, The Imibala Trust is a registered South African Non-Profit Organisation

situated in Somerset West. The Trust is committed to assisting school-aged children whose

lives are impacted by impoverished circumstances. Imibala offers a variety of programmes

that significantly and measurably enhance the lives of these children, both presently and as

they prepare for life after school.

We are devoted to making a substantial contribution to the lives of those from

challenging backgrounds. Through programmes in the Learner Advancement Department

and Creative and Performing Arts Department, Imibala children have the opportunity to

explore their creativity and abilities through a number of means.

All of our programmes bring joy and enthusiasm to the children who arrive for lessons in

art, cooking, pottery, drama, music, ballet, needlework, golf, literacy, gardening mathematics,

coding, and Lego play. Individuality, creativity, and encouragement all contribute to the

comprehensive experience of each programme at Imibala. Since its establishment, the

Imibala Trust has been a beacon of hope, transforming the lives of over 86,000 children and


Sponsor-A-Child Programme

Imibala’s flagship programme, Sponsor-A-Child, enables the trust to provide children in

need with a complete school uniform pack. This pack includes a full school tracksuit, a pair

of leather school shoes, a jersey, a pullover, a rain jacket, a 2 pack of socks, a 3 pack of

underwear, a t-shirt, a school bag, and basic stationery. By sponsoring a child, not only are

you instilling a sense of pride, but also restoring dignity and self-esteem.

The Sponsor-A-Child uniform programme is the primary method through which the Trust

supports children. It currently impacts the largest number of children who pass through our

doors. The uniform programme supports 21 schools in the Helderberg area and 10 schools

in Graaff-Reinet. Every year, new children are identified and adopted into the programme as

part of the continued effort to support parents facing extreme financial and social

constraints, ensuring a positive generational impact.

This programme is funded through public donations and sponsorships. The cost to sponsor a

child for a full year is R1400.00. When you sponsor a child, you are making a life-changing

contribution to an incredibly deserving child in South Africa. If you wish to sponsor a child or

Creative and Performing Arts

The Creative and Performing Arts Department is comprised of several programmes including

art, drama, pottery, dance, needlework, ballet and music. These programmes encourage

over eight hundred children to explore their creativity and develop various skills every week.

Imibala facilitators and more than 50 active volunteers nurture the children and help them

expand their knowledge in an environment that encourages thinking outside the box.

Learner Advancement

Our Learner Advancement Department offers an array of academic and personal development programmes. The focus of this department is to provide programmes

that complement the school curriculum and add value to each child’s developmental

journey. Programmes are targeted at both primary and high school learners and offer

subjects such as computer-enhanced Mathematics, LEGO Play, Coding, Life-skills, Leadership Development, Literacy, Gardening and Golf. The Learner Advancement Department offers an exciting dynamic and holistic approach to learner-centred educational development.

The Imibala Trust Celebrates South African Culture with “Yes-Ya-Yebo!”

We are delighted to announce the success of our latest cultural initiative, “Yes-

Ya-Yebo!”. This production celebrates the twelve official languages of South Africa (including

sign language) and was showcased at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland for the month of August in 2023. The show explores these languages through song and dance while infusing it with that unique township vibe and incorporating traditional elements through

performances such as the Gumboot Dance and The Click Song.

The cast is comprised of past and present Imibala students from the township areas of

Lwandle, Nomzamo in the Helderberg basin, and Macassar outside Cape Town. Travelling to

the Fringe festival in Edinburgh was the casts first-ever experience on an airplane. We are immensely grateful to all those who made the show possible and incredibly proud of the exceptional performances by the cast! The cast was bestowed numerous awards and attained recognition from global media outlets like BBC World News and Aljazeera. To read some of Yes-Ya-Yebo!’s glowing reviews, visit

Thank You

The Imibala Trust extends its heartfelt gratitude to its loyal sponsors, donors, volunteers,

and the wider community for their unwavering support. Without you, none of what we do

would be possible – thank you for walking this incredible journey with us.

We are excited for the future of Imibala, stay tuned for our future endeavours, while

continuing to turn grey today's into colourful tomorrow’s.

For more information about The Imibala Trust and the various programmes we offer, please


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