A Brief History
Philakahle Wellbeing Centre was founded in 2003 after an existing program, the World Vision Child Survival Project, came to the end of its funding cycle. It is a Section 21 Company, Registration Number 2003/025540/08.
A collection of local community leaders joined together to continue this locally valued work. Since that time, the organization has furthered and expanded its initial projects, through the contributions of a variety of international and South African funders, to offer a variety of needed programs in Okhahlamba Municipality.
Philakahle projects target youth, women, children and those facing extreme poverty in order to improve their living standards and unlock their individual and collective potential. Zamimpilo Training Centre, is one of Philakahle’s projects, which provides a residential training facility for the capacity building interventions of its other projects.
Philakahle’s vision is to promote abundant life for all the people of Okhahlamba, by building relationships of hope, love and holistic support. Philakahle seeks to support individuals in need and partner with other organizations in the community to improve people’s well-being.
The mission of Philakahle is to facilitate community driven, sustainable, holistic health and development initiatives.
Where we are Based
Philakahle Wellbeing Centre is based in Okhahlamba Municipality which is located in North-Western KwaZulu-Natal and is approximately 250kms from Durban and 370kms south-east of Johannesburg, along the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg mountains.
Its economic potential lies in agriculture and tourism, as this area is part of a world heritage site. Okhahlamba has a population of approximately 140, 000 and consists predominantly of poor black Africans (90%), of which 80% live mainly in areas with scattered homesteads, but also on adjoining freehold land (10%) and white-owned farms (10%). Poverty and unemployment are widespread, painting a harsh socio-economic and health profile that is in stark contrast to the spectacular beauty of the surrounding Drakensberg Mountains.
Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation.They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people. (3 June 1995)
– Nelson Mandela