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ITHEMBA LABANTU – HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE

Philippi is one of the largest townships in the Western Cape, and its history and progress is linked to apartheid policies. The area experiences substantial increases in numbers. In the last decade, the population is said to have doubled, with current estimates placing it at 350 000 people. As is the case in many South African townships; Philippi experiences severe degrees of poverty. There are high levels of unemployment and a high ratio of people living in collapsible ‘shacks’ as opposed to brick houses – often without adequate access to running water and toilets.

The community works hard to combat negative symptoms of poverty and unemployment, such as crime and gang related violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, and illnesses associated with insufficient health care and education such as HIV/AIDS and TB. Levels of crime are dangerous, with Philippi residents subject to one of the highest per capita rates for murder in the country.

Against this backdrop, iThemba Labantu strives to deliver excellent services in a warm and caring environment. Working in partnership with youth, job seekers and educators we aim to access the strengths and talents of our community to build a brighter future.

LIFE AT ITHEMBA

RECENT NEWS

iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre

The Lutheran Community Centre assists the township communities through the following fields of operation: 1. Health care (AIDS-clinic) 2. Nutrition (feeding schemes) 3. Income generating projects (beadwork, ceremics,sewing) 4. Education (pre-school, computer lab, business courses, motor mechanics and installation of solar systems) 5. Youth work (gym, karate, soccer, drama etc.) Visions of Youth Work - Create equal opportunities for Youth of historically disadvantaged areas and balance social injustice within society - Create a place of love, safety, acceptance - Encourage them to believe that they can achieve everything they want in life - Balance social problems through working with their strength and build up self-esteem - Create a safer Philippi and South Africa through building up Youth Aims of Youth Work - get kids off the street - teach them to integrate into groups and work together - build up trustful relationships with them - help them to get their lives into order - teach them life skills - provide education and deal with their social/family problems Our current youth projects - Marimba project – 20 kids between 11 and 17 years - youth/drama group – 30 youngsters between 15 and 23 - soccer – 120 youngsters between 8 and 25 - karate – 20 kids between 6 and 18 - basketball - youth counselling with school leavers - school after care program
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Our holiday program is in full swing with lots of different activities at iThemba Labantu and a number of interesting outings and hikes like this one all the way up Lions Head!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
The Department of Environmental Affairs conducted a workshop on recycling for the 11 recipients of the recycling tricycles which will be handed over to them in two weeks. This worthy project had to be put on hold for some time but has been up and running again since the beginning of February. We are grateful to the department for this cooperation!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Thank you so much for the wonderful concert! Famous counter-tenor and medical doctor Philipp Mathmann has come for the third time with his musician friends all the way from Germany to perform ( inter alia ) at iThemba Labantu! What a wonderful voice! Everybody was mesmerised by the music! Thank you for the concert and also for sponsoring the piano, guitar and music theory lessons for our kids for so many years! It means so much to them!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Our kids had lots of fun today with Karsten Scholz und Jan Becker who are good friends of iThemba Labantu and help us wherever they can! Thanks for the lovely visit, Jan and Karsten and for all your support!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Some highlights of the launch of our wonderful Philipp Lahm Sports Ground with many guests and our main donors Margarete and Klaus Doppler! Enjoy watching!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
It is so heartwarming to see our new sports field being used by so many children every single day! They are so happy to have this big, clean place to run around and receive formal coaching in different disciplines! Who would have thought that this dream would come true one day?! Happy weekend to all friends of iThemba Labantu!

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