iThemba Trust is a non-profit organisation, established to uplift the community of Tarkastad and the surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape through various enterprises and projects.


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The Jernigan Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of Washington State. Our tax identification number is 20-8111798. For tax purposes, no goods or services were provided in exchange for this contribution.


2017 Orange Grove graduate, Uyanda Gxothiwe is currently doing an internship in Germany, and is loving every minute of it!  He is working at the Wetzler PHV Dialysis Centre.  His main tasks are setting up dialysis machines for patients and mentoring high school students who come in to do practicals for two weeks at a time.  He says: “I’ve connected so well with the patients, and one of them even invited me to his baptism later this year.”  Congrats Uyanda!  We’re so glad you’re thriving.


Giorgio and Graziella Paraporti visited all the way from Umbria in the heart of Italy where they own a prestigious outfit, G&G Hunting Services.  They brought along long-standing friends of iThemba, the Luce Family from Milan.  These families have a rich history in Italy and are also very involved in their communities. Hearts were joined on their special visit to the school.


The Story continued to support many worthy local initiatives this year. In February their proceeds went to the local animal shelter who struggle to look after all the strays. In March they supported the Tarka ‘Stars’, the original local rugby club established many years ago. They have been struggling to keep the club running and were in need of jerseys and funds to assist them to travel to rugby matches. They were extremely blessed by this donation. In April, they used profits to support the town clean up program. The story continues to host many events for the locals from birthday parties, baby showers, kitchen teas, holiday dinners and this month they hosted a fun event called Create & Sip.