Tshega Christian Mission

                                  Holistically serving the community



"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle

Tshega believes that South Africa can dramatically change if the focus is more on education.  In 2016, the Lighthouse Academy Primary School and Lamb’s Haven Kindergarten host 330 children.  The program adopts a vulnerable or orphaned child for every 10 th student in the school.  This enables Tshega to sustain the program.


The school initially was started by two missionaries Wilna and Japie Venter, founders of Africa Rural Missions in 1998. The school was known as Ephrath Mission Christian Academy and the Kindergarten as Happy Faces.

Tshega Missions was contacted by community members in 2006 after the school had served them for many years, were closed down. Tshega decided to adopt the school which only had 8 enrolled students.  After the owner of the land that the school was built on requested Tshega to vacate we decided to leave avoiding further challenges.  The community members requested Tshega to assist them in keeping the school open resulting in the project relocating to our current destination at Fobeni village. The school were reregistered under the names The Lighthouse Academy Primary School and Lamb’s Haven Kindergarten in November 2011 after a four year waiting period.


To offer all learners the challenges and opportunities, through the guidance of committed educators; the positive, active involvement of parents; and community participation, to develop entrepreneurship, to become self-reliant and multi-skilled, whilst developing their sense of uniqueness in a progressive, happy and secure learning environment that instils a sense of responsibility and pride.


Our school strives to be a positive example in Christian Primary Education, providing a holistic, well balanced, dynamic education to all learners in preparation for their effective functioning in a multi-cultural society.

Direct Beneficiaries

350 registered learners

36 employees


We aim to support vulnerable families in Fobeni and sourrounding villages by searching for sponsors to sustain the children's basic, educational or sheltering needs. These children are visited weekly by Tshega volunteers, staff or church members. The unemployment rate which is 92% in Fobeni hugely contributes to the vulnerability of the families.


There's approximately 100 vulnerable children in rural area of Fobeni. Poverty is on the increase in this area mainly because of the high unemployment rate in South Africa. Many of these children do not receive a social grant due to the lack of registry at birth. The above matter arise from aged old beliefs and parents being misinformed and not having the correct paper work in place to access it. For most of these children malnutrition is a harsh reality and the underlying cause of severe poverty. Tshega therefore strive to support these children with their basic needs by visiting them at their homes or linking them to the Feeding Scheme.


We strive to promote the wellbeing of orphaned and vulnerable children by assisting families and community members in providing attention, care and education for the child therefore guiding these children for all aspects of life


 It is our vision for the families and children to become socially and economically productive members of society and to build increase knowledge about barriers and struggles in rural areas therefore facilitate in the ability to provide community and children with compassionate care and support.

Direct Beneficiaries

58 sponsored children (ages 3-18)

2 volunteers


Bevley and her brother was left orphaned in Oct 2010. Bevly’s aunt had no option but adopting her diseased sisters children.  Being unemployed, divorced and poverty stricken living in a 3m x 3m mud and plastic bag shack made it challenging. If it rained, the mud stood totally under water.

Tshega was able to find sponsorship to build the family a small house.  Bevly and her brother now live with her aunt and 3 cousins in a two room house on beds.  Our sponsors decided to name the house “Hakuna Matata” meaning no worries. 


The Feeding Scheme and Homework Club program is a Tshega and community initiative aimed at assisting primary school students from vulnerable backgrounds with their studies and overall schooling experience and providing the children with a cooked meal.

Tshega noticed an urgent need for additional school support students due to some students’ vulnerable backgrounds and high needs. Through consultations with community members, youth, school officials and other agencies, it became clear that students face significant challenges in the educational environment. Many young students’ backgrounds were facing such huge challenges that they were dropping out of school.


The program commenced in 2011. Most students have limited homework support as guardians and many parents are uneducated, migrated for work or has no means to support children financially. These low levels of exposure to systems of formal education make it exceedingly challenging for students to succeed in the South African education system.

Some students struggle with emotional hurdles, poverty, teenage pregnancy, abuse along with the challenges of adjusting to the required educational system can also hinder students in their efforts to excel in the school environment.

The Feeding Scheme and Homework Club offer students a venue in which they can develop their academic abilities and feel personally supported in a time of transition.


Supporting students to become self sustainable though education and guidance in becoming individuals with integrity and Christian values resulting  in a positive contribution to the community.


Seeing children, young people and adults educated so that they can make a positive contribution in their society.

Direct Beneficiaries

40 students (ages 6-13)

2 caregivers


"People who work together will win,whether it is against complex sports defenses, or the problems of modern society."  Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach

Sport provides an excellent pathway for people to learn new skills, interact socially, provide a setting for training in socially challenging areas and become more confident and maximize their own potential. Tshega uses the power of soccer and netball to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to become positively inspired individuals that can contribute to the society.



The youth does not have any social activities keeping them busy during the day resulting in the crime rate being high.  A common problem in Fobeni and surrounding areas amongst men, youths and boys are alcohol, drug abuse and unemployment. Tshega will therefore strive to educate youths in combatting these common problems by guiding them and showing them how the above can negatively impact their lives forever.

For our younger members aged between 6 and 15 years, our coaching sessions will offer them the chance to learn the FUNdamental movement skills using a FUN approach, focusing on Multi-Directional movement, Agility, Balance, Co-ordination, Ball Mastery and Spatial Awareness.

The coaching sessions for our older players aged between 15 and 30 years are designed to teach them the techniques of soccer in conjunction with skill development, linked to FUNctional practice and small sided games.


Tshega Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilze communities to become positively inspired individuals that can contribute to the society.


Foster positive Christian moral values in becoming individuals with integrity contributing to their social enviroment.

 Direct Beneficiaries

Ages 10-17: 16 students 

Ages 18-27: 19 students

2 volunteers


Basadi is committed providing handicraft related training and skills to underprivileged women so that they may become self-reliant. We would like to nurture in every woman a feeling of diligence, self worth, respect, responsibility and hope embedded in Christianity.


The unemployment rate in Fobeni Village is very high. Most families do not have any income. Tshega established a women’s skills program in March 2013. Basadi, meaning women, is a handcraft project which trains selected unemployed females in certain skills e.g. sewing, knitting and crochet resulting in sustainability for the household. In turn the trained women will train other community members to strengthen the economic structure of the village.

Visit Basadi's website at  http://www.basadiproject.org.za for more info