Established in 1994, Thembalethu (isiZulu for “our hope”) is a centre situated in Johannesburg’s inner city area that provides multi-faceted services to the community.

The staff at Thembalethu trains women in various skills to enable them to become economically active in society. These women are provided with training and guidance in areas such as life skills, beauty and nail care, business skills, as well as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and parenting skills.

In addition, Thembalethu serves as a drop-in centre for young, destitute women living on the streets. While Thembalethu itself is not equipped to cope with these women, workers ensure that these women are referred to shelters that are better able to meet their specific needs.