Teachers and supported pupils at the Thuto Lesedi Secondary SchoolWaltham Forest Thuso in South Africa is a charity founded in 2006 by members of the North East London branch of ACTSA (successor to Anti-Apartheid). We share Nelson Mandela’s vision that the children of South Africa are the country’s greatest asset.

Thuso means ‘helping hand’ in Sesotho and our aim is to support children still living in poverty in South Africa, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDs. We assist students at Thuto Lesedi High School near Johannesburg with school fees, food and books; as well as children at the rural Lobethal primary school in Limpopo. (Registered charity number 1115066)


Celebrating Mandela’s centenary at Garden Party

This year’s annual Thuso Garden Party will celebrate 100 years since Mandela’s birth. The charity has always taken inspiration from Mandela’s belief that access to education is the key to achieving a truly democratic and dynamic South Africa. As he said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

We are also delighted to be bringing you live music from Senegalese singer Abdoulaye Samb, and dancing and craft activities. Plus, with our usual sale of plants and crafts, and a delicious homemade lunch, this year’s event looks set to be our best ever.

This year’s Annual Fundraising Garden Party is on 1st July at 37 Grosvenor Park Road, E17 9PD from 1-5pm.

For the first time, you can make your donation to the Garden Party in advance via BTMyDonate here

But we remain as happy as ever to take your generous contributions at the Garden Party itself.

See you there!


Pedal power brings light to SA pupils


Now in its fourth year, the Thuso sponsored cycle ride is set to raise money for solar lamps once again. Friends and supporters of the charity will be getting in the saddle this month to bring safe and affordable lighting to pupils and their families at Lobethal primary school in rural Limpopo.

Hundreds of lamps have already made their way to South Africa, as a result of the energetic efforts of cyclists in previous years. All 18 riders who participated in last year’s cycle ride completed the 40 mile course, which travelled into Epping Forest from Walthamstow to North Weald, via High Beech. In spite of challenges in the form of hills and punctures, the riders were encouraged by great weather and the lovely Essex countryside.

Up to 40% of South Africans still use highly-flammable and toxic kerosene for heating, lighting and cooking. But the new generation of solar lights – like those we are sending – are cheap and reliable and can be used to charge phones as well as provide lighting. The lamps enable children to study after dark and provide a safe form of lighting when electricity supplies fail during power cuts. The families who have received the lights so far have found them easy to use and maintain.

This year’s bike ride will set off from Walthamstow at 10am on Sunday 24th September and riders can choose to complete between 10 and 40 miles.

For more information or to join the ride contact Gerard on: gerardomastamilsom@yahoo.co.uk or 07931 337202

To donate to the appeal visit our mydonate page at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/thusobikeride2017

Knockout music confirmed for garden party


We’re delighted to welcome back the amazing Whittington Steel Band to our garden party this year. Last year they had us all dancing in the garden.

They will be joined by the Rose & Crown singers, a local Walthamstow choir who are sure to delight us with their melodious voices.

If the weather continues it will be a beautiful afternoon for lazing around, sharing food and meeting friends old and new. And, of course, raising money to help Thuso’s work in schools in South Africa.

We hope to see you on 2nd July at 37 Grosvenor Park Road, E17 9PD from 1-5pm.


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