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Thandanani House Of Refuge

Registered Non Profit & Public Benefit Organisation
PBO Number: 930032102 – NPO Number: 003-978 NPO

Our Sister Organisation


A few words about our charitable organisation


Years in Operation


Current Children




Children Helped


During the late 1990’s, teachers at the Kingsway School began to note that some of the children from the wider Zandspruit community were in desperate need of shelter and protection from the negative influences of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment (either by parental choice, or AIDS-related death).

Location Zandspruit

With this in mind, a committee of dedicated volunteers began searching for a property. Finally in December 2001 an ideal property was found. It is located adjacent to the Zandspruit Informal Settlement (which is a settlement of ±70 000 shack dwellers to the north west of Johannesburg). The property comprises a large old farmhouse, 3 cottages and various outbuildings, all positioned on a 6 hectare plot of land.

Through the generous donations of our supporters, the land was purchased and some basic renovations were completed in preparation for accepting our first children.

Officially Established in 2003

In February 2003 the Thandanani House of Refuge was finally established. The children were housed in the old farmhouse. Thandanani currently cares for 22 children with a staff complement of 2 house mothers, a house couple, 2 domestic helpers, social worker, gardener and administrator. Each child is nurtured, schooled and skilled for a hope-filled future.

In January 2007 we were very excited to open our second cottage which now houses the boys. Sophie and her husband Robert have been diligently serving as house parents in this cottage.

Progress over the Years

Over the years more than 100 children have passed through the doors of Thandanani. Some of the children who have come to Thandanani have stayed for a short while until their families have been able to take them back, whilst others are living at Thandanani on a permanent basis.


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947 Ride Joburg 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in this year’s 947 Ride Joburg and we’d love to offer you the opportunity to join Team Thandanani
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Our Annual Golf Day

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