NPO Reference: 272-472 NPO  

| PBO Reference: 930050933

| RSI 8271.20.187

Supporting rural communities in South Africa

Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

with specific focus on rural healthcare, early education, first thousand days and livelihood opportunities.

Our Vision

to see rural communities thriving

as individuals, families, and communities, and through all stages of life.

Our Mission

bringing hope and positive change

Our mission is to serve rural communities of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, in the most loving, appropriate, and impactful ways possible, as we partner with individuals and communities to overcome inequalities affecting lives in the areas of rural healthcare, early education, and livelihood opportunities.

We value




We believe that all people should know their inherent value and worth, that those who are facing a problem are in the best position to find the most appropriate solution and that supporting that voice is our role

current programmes

Our services are divided into 3 overarching programmes

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Early Childhood Development

Support communities around Xhora in creating nurturing and safe early childhood environments that facilitate life skills, physical development and educational readiness, through programmes for children and their carers.

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First Thousand Days

We see a world where mothers and parents are supported by their families and the communities they live in to prioritise the provision of optimal health, nutrition, safety & security, stimulation and responsive caregiving in the first thousand days of a child’s life.

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Health Care Support

Layita supports Madwaleni hospital by facilitating access to equipment and employing translators and assistants who work with health care professionals to improve access to quality rehabilitation and medical services.


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We see a world where rural children know that they are worthy of a future and are provided with a foundation that adequately prepares them for future opportunities.


To support communities around Xhora in creating nurturing and safe early childhood environments that facilitate life skills, physical development and educational readiness, through programmes for children and their carers.

we believe that...

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Every child has potential and that the early childhood period is critical for success later in life.

By making children's story books accessible we can start to generate a love for reading and thus begin to address literacy challenges.

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Communities can thrive through intergenerational support, therefore tapping into these relationships and equipping caregivers & older generations to support child development will have an overall positive impact.

Collaborating with other organizations who are experts in their field in essential for effectivity

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Children can thrive physically, mentally & socially when they are in a safe & secure environment where

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In an area with few economic opportunities, providing a chance for skill acquisition which allows for income generation can ensure dignity, career progression and the consideration and support of the family unit

Limited Early Childhood Development Programmes and Centres

There is a shortage of well equipped ECD centres in our area, resulting in many children being stimulated for the first time at age 6 in Grade R in the formal school system.

Many of the ECDC's are understaffed, under-resourced and oversubscribed resulting in one or two adults caring for 30-40 children between the ages of 2 and 5.

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unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape (the highest in the country)

Early Childhood Development not only provides the possibility for an income for someone running a ECDC but research also shows that children who attend ECDC’s are more likely to be economically productive as adults.

“High quality ECEC (Early childhood education and care) can result in better outcomes in subsequent stages of life. The number of years spent in [ECD] is a strong predictor of level of performance reached at later stages. However, the extent of its benefits heavily depends on the quality of the [ECD] services”

Little to no access to books

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the closest (and only) library isin Elliotdale town

Families do not have access to books and reading material. Children do not get the opportunity to page through books and learn to love stories and reading.

Reading has many known benefits and many rural children in our context do not have access to these opportunities simply due to a lack of literature available.

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Masikhule ECDC

Providing nurturing care for 40 children, ages 2-6, in 3 classrooms

A center of excellence from which we can use our human and material resources as a hub for the ECDC support network

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Community Literacy

Making story books accessible in both isiXhosa and English to foster a love for books and reading.

Widening access by taking books on outreach to local ECDCs and story time at the local primary school

Supporting caregivers in nurturing their children's literacy through caregiver workshops

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Mbashe ECDC Network

Supporting ECDCs in the wider Elliotdale region through support visits, training workshops and resources

Internship programme at Masikhule aimed at supporting individuals in gaining the skills and confidence to grow their own ECD work.

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After school programmes

Our pilot after school enrichment programmes are designed for foundation phase learners to support their holistic development

  • Reading clubs
  • MiniChess Programme
  • Sports & exercise
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The creation of safe and supportive living environments where parents and caregivers, supported by their families and communities, prioritise promoting good health and providing adequate nutrition, safety and security, stimulation and responsive caregiving starting in the first 1000 days of their children's lives.


To increase family and community awareness and offer information and support using the 'first 1000 days' as a platform to ensure that children not only survive, but thrive.


Breastfeeding support to mothers at the hospital and at local outreach clinics

Qhawekazi mentor Mother (mm) project

Antenatal support

Education and support groups alongside MDT focussing on teenage mothers

mothers' community support groups

Community based support groups run by mothers to support other mothers during the First 1000 Days

Milestone support

Screening and education in the paediatric ward and at local outreach clinics


Parent training and support through our Wordworks Programmes

"It is the primary caregiver...who should be set up to supply the environments with these components in loving interactions, responding to their child’s cues and by being emotionally supportive"


Education as part of antenatal and breastfeeding support sessions


Providing education and information regarding breastfeeding for use in the field

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Our vision is to see satisfied, thriving and supported health care workers who are able to provide quality, relevant and sustainable health care in rural areas


To support culturally competent, quality health care that satisfies community members and health care workers through the provision of human and material resources.


ACCESS to health care is a basic human right in South Africa according to our constitution. However, there are many factors in rural areas which limit this access. For people with disabilities, this is further complicated by physical barriers (dirt roads and poorly accessible homes) and economic barriers (limited availability and costly transportation for mobility devices).

Furthermore, if patients have made it to the hospital many people seeking healthcare in rural areas are then faced with the added barrier of communicating with their healthcare providers in a language which is not their home language.

We believe that this right to access healthcare encompasses providing contextually relevant healthcare in patients' home language.

Consultation support

Consultation Support project serves to support the health and wellness of the community by ensuring access to contextually relevant rehabilitation and medical services in patients' home language.

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of the clinical staff have only basic proficiency in isiXhosa and don't feel confident consulting with patients without assistance (in a small study done in 2022)

Having dedicated interpreters who understand patient context help to provide more holistic and personalised care

Health care workers who work with assistants reported feeling more confident in being able to take more thorough histories and provide better counselling when assistants were present.

contextually relevant care provided in patients' home LANGUAGE

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Health service augmentation

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Layita has secured a functional wifi network within the hospital which is accessible to clinical and Layita staff.This has provided:

Timeous access to patient results

On-demand access to current evidence-based medicine guidelines

Support for submission of statistics for Layita employees for monitoring and evaluation


Funding the annual disability festive day

Consumables for wheelchair servicing (glue)

Supporting collection of CP assistive devices from Timion

about us

The main objective of Layita Foundation is providing support for the community living in the Mbhashe District in the Eastern Cape with specific focus on the development of quality health care, education and poverty relief.

We are aware of the unique challenges this rural community faces on a daily basis and we are committed to being a vehicle to empower people to address these challenges. Over the years we have prioritised principles of consultation, empowerment and sustainability ensuring, where possible, that our impact is appropriate and effective.

our name

We chose the name Layita Foundation from the Xhosa word ‘layita’ which is a verb meaning ‘to light a candle’. When praying about God’s vision for the foundation we were reminded of the passage about the lamp on a stand (Luke 8v16-18). Our hope is that Layita will be active in being a beacon of hope for our rural community.

our context

Layita operates around Madwaleni Hospital, a district hospital in the rural Eastern Cape serving a population of over 250,000 people. The hospital provides essential health care and also provides employment for a large and diverse group of people in an area with few other opportunities for employment.

our values

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We believe that everyone deserves to receive quality health care and education

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We believe that we hold great responsibility in being good stewards of the finances donated.

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