Youth Workers

In order to provide care and support in the community for orphans and vulnerable children and youth, a core team of Christian youth workers works for, some of whom live at the Litsemba Centre and others who come to work there every day.  They range in age from 26 to 35 years and take care of the centre, as well as providing counseling for children and youth in the community.  They have a particular influence on boys who come to the centre who need help with their personal problems. 



Read more about our Youth Workers below:


Ntombifuthi Mnisi

Ntombifuthi Mnisi

Ntombifuthi is a young woman who is from a youth headed household.  She lives with her 5 other sisters in Dantjie, Pienaar.  Ntombifuthi's dream is to become an English teacher, so in order to achieve her dreams she is working full time for, running Hope Clubs, assisting with school visits, counseling, Teen Moms, Girl's Club and other activities at the Litsemba Centre. 


In August 2012 she went to Canada with the IVEP (International Volunteers Exchange Programme) with MCC.  She worked as a volunteer in Calgary, Canada until July 2013.  She loved her host family and enjoyed her volunteer position.  


Since returning to South Africa in August 2013, Futhi has worked with full time and has take up her studies while working.



Xolane Makamu (Space)

Xolane (Space) is a very capable young man who joined the team after returning from a year volunteering in the IVEP (International Volunteers Exchange Programme) in Canada.  He has brought his experience in Canada to the Litsemba Centre and is running programmes for out of school youth and orphans.  

Space is from the community around the Litsemba Centre and has his finger on the pulse of youth who are on drugs and into crime.  His work involves leading these youth into a new life style and a hope for their future.  He began the "Brothers for Life in Christ", a street kids programme running at the centre and in several other communities.  The work is very challenging, but Space is finding it satisfying and life changing.  He started bible studies with some of the boys who want to leave their lives of drug abuse behind, as well as skills development, soccer teams and life skills training.

In addition to the Brothers programme, Space is also mentoring youth who are involved in the President's Award Programme.  We now have 16 youth who have made it to their silver level and 4 are their way to gold.  They must do many hours of volunteer service, training, sports and a three day adventure hike, in order to gain enough points to qualify for each level.  



Pastor Sthembiso Nkambule

Pastor Sthembiso is the Manager of's 'School of Ministry and Leadership'.  After leading the 20 Youth Facilitators in our 10 partner schools for 4 years, he started the School of Ministry and Leadership at the beginning of 2015.  

Pastor Sthembiso presently has a group of committed, Christian young men who he is mentoring to care for OVC in their communities, as well as assisting them to start community development projects.  The growth that we are seeing in these young men is amazing as they mature in their faith and support the schools and children God has called them to serve.

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