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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.

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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
Today we would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to our longstanding supporter Heike Quibeldy in Germany! Heike had the great idea to make the participants of a conference walk the " extra mile " and pay for each step a cent to raise funds for our Morning Class!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu team handing out soup and bread in this cold weather! Viva Madiba!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
This is Phakama Xabani! She completed our solar/plumbing course last year and has in the meantime started her own registered construction company and employs 4 young men! Well done Phakama! We are very proud of you! And thanks again to "Brot für die Welt" for changing people's lives in a big way by sponsoring training programs like this one! Brot für die Welt
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Every Saturday we organise a netball league with 16 clubs from Philippi participating. Here some pics of the presentation where we handed out trophies and medals to the winners of the iThemba Labantu netball league! Congratulations!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Seven out of 10 solar/plumbing students received their certificates this morning! (one had to attend a funeral today and two found work some weeks ago). Congratulations to all of you! And thanks to tutor Brian Terry for teaching and to Bread for the World for funding this wonderful project! Brot für die Welt
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
The author Johannes Horstmann came to iThemba Labantu to read from his new book: Anya&Gundi in Cape Town which takes the little readers/listeners on a tour to the most beautiful places of the Mother City! Thank you very much for the magis time!

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