High School Partners

Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela High School

Nelson Mandela High School

Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela High School has donated classrooms, a kitchen, the ILB staff room and office to ILB since 2014. Nelson Mandela High was the very first high school in Crossroads.

The Cape Academy of Maths, Science & Technology


The Cape Academy of Maths, Science & Technology provides learners, especially those from disadvantaged communities, who display potential in Mathematics, Science and Information Technology, with high quality education for successful tertiary education.

To date we’ve placed 6 learners from Crossroads to Cape Academy since 2016!


LEAP Science and Maths Schools


LEAP Science and Maths Schools provide free education to students from high-need communities, and have mathematics, physical science and English as mandatory subjects. Our school day is extended (9 hours), and we have Saturday classes and formal holiday programmes. Every LEAP school is partnered with a more privileged school as well as township schools in the community the school serves. This three-way collaboration creates the opportunity to share excellence in all spheres.

To date, we’ve placed 17 learners from ILB to LEAP School since 2013!


Claremont High School


ILB’s 2016 grade 7 learner, Siphokazi Thonga is selected amongst 450 applicants to study at Claremont High School in 2017. ILB hopes to continue feeding learners from Crossroads into Claremont High.


Education Partners



IkamvaYouth is a high school tutoring program which equips learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities once they matriculate. IkamvaYouth aims to increase the collective skill level of the population, to grow the national knowledge base, and to replicate success in more communities.

ILB collaborates with Ikamva Youth in their collaborative communities. We both share Vision 2030.


Crossroads Public Library


ILB collaborates with Crossroads Public Library in a number of educational programmes such as reading, storytelling, and life skills workshops.


FunDza Literacy Trust


The FunDza Literacy Trust is a South African nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy among teens and young adults. Education provides the foundation for a healthy, stable, growth-oriented society – literacy is its cornerstone.

ILB receives reading books from FunDza every school term. Our shelves are packed with different books that tell township stories relevant to our learners.


The NumberSense Workbook Series

Numbersense Workbook Series

The NumberSense Workbook Series has been developed to provide independent written activities for children. The series can be used by teachers working with small groups of children at a time to keep the other children productively engaged as well as in whole class settings.The series can also be used by parents wanting to provide daily support to their children. The richly illustrated pages are engaging and developmental in nature.

ILB started using Number Sense workbooks in 2015 during mathematics tutoring sessions and plans on continuing using these books as they lay foundational mathematical skills for primary school kids.


Shine Literacy Project


The Shine Literacy Project offers English language and literacy support programmes in 37 primary schools. Our reach includes the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. We offer training to organisations such as faith based organisations, community centres as well as to individuals who share our passion to get children reading and, in this way, address South Africa’s educational crisis.

ILB receives reading books annually from Shine Literacy and further encourages a culture of reading at ILB and at home!


Hoops 4 Hope


Helping Young People Become Healthier, More Productive Adults!

Basketball and other sports provide a safe environment where children can develop strong social skills. HOOPS 4 HOPE (H4H) is a global not-for-profit organization that has supported youth development throughout southern Africa since 1995.

ILB has partnered with Hoops 4 Hope since 2016. Hoops 4 Hope provides sports activities which aims to raise learner’s conscious awareness on critical life issues such as HIV & AIDS. They provide life skills workshops during our winter school programmes.


Funding Partners

The Learning Trust


The Learning Trust is a non-profit, conduit funding organisation that makes grants and provides capacity development support to emerging organisations whose focus is to improve the educational experience of South African learners while strengthening local communities.


The Lunchbox Fund


The Lunchbox Fund is a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on fostering education via nutrition by providing a daily meal for orphaned and at-risk school children in township and rural areas of South Africa.


The Claude Leon Foundation


The Claude Leon Foundation derives from a bequest by Claude Leon, and has been funding educational, developmental, and human rights projects in South Africa since 1972.


Cameron Schrier Foundation

Cameron Schrier Foundation

The Cameron Schrier Foundation supports non-profit organizations primarily in the U.S. and South Africa. The Foundation also partners with organizations from around the world to help identify, support, and strengthen grantees. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has worked to develop young leaders, promote education equity, encourage an active civil society, support educational institutions, and help communities and individuals in need.


US Embassy Community Grant


The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program assists community-based, community-run projects in the local communities of South Africa. The goal of the Self-Help Program is to improve the basic economic and social conditions of the community or village.


City of Cape Town

The Lunchbox Fund

National Lotteries Commission of South Africa

Robert Niven Trust

Western Cape Government