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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
Our internet/telephone aerial was recently vandalized by a bullet or a stone! Thanks to the Rotary Club Dorsten (yes again!) we could install a new high power mikrotik LTE wireless link which has triplet our internet speed! All our 65 computers can be used even better now! Yay!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
After struggling with our old copier for a long time Esme and Maria (and infact all of us) are very happy about our brand new copier/printer which has been donated to us by the Rotary Club Dorsten in Germany! Thank you so much, dear Rotary friends!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
In the context of women's month and in honour of our hard working ladies here at iThemba Labantu we all enjoyed a nice lunch together! Viva amakhosikazi aseThemba Labantu! Viva!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Early Christmas for our motor mechanics training workshop! We could not believe our eyes when this consignment of much needed tools arrived this morning! Thank you so much to WÜRTH South Africa who have supported our course for so many years! Without your help we would not be able to do the training!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Coach Ginger showing his soccer girls what the area looked like before our sports ground was built! And now we have this beautiful field!

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