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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
Merck (Pty) Ltd Johannesburg has supported iThemba Labantu in many ways for many years! Currently they generously contribute towards the salaries of two of our Primary School teachers for which we are very grateful! It was great to have the CEO Mrs Marie-Andree Gamache and the CFO Adriaan Strydom with us this morning and the children were happy to show off their knowlede about Canady, which is Marie-Adree's home country!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
We are so HAPPY! Just look at our new outdoor gym equipment! And at the sports office/classroom/changing room! Thanks to Mr Michael Sabisch and the Ecovis&friends Stiftung (foundation) our Philipp Lahm Sportsground offers our youth even more activities to stay out of trouble, fit and healthy!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today our grades 1-3 had lots of fun during their sports day on our wonderful Philipp Lahm Sports Ground! All children did well and even the parents had to take part in th eactivities! What a great day!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today we are sending a big THANK YOU to the Johanniter Hilfswerk Stellenbosch for the wonderful gifts we received.
(two new soccer goal posts, an industrial grass trimmer for the sports ground, lots of books, art material, educational toys, warm clothes, blankets and much more!) We are so grateful for all this - but also for your continous support since 2003! Enkosi kakhulu!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Last Saturday iThemba Labantu proudly hosted the Philipp Lahm-Big Shoe Cup. 122 children from Philippi and the CT German School had lots of fun playing football. The sponsors of this tournament also financed a number of medical operations for children in need at the Tygerberg Hospital. Philipp Lahm sent a big thank you to iThemba Labantu for making this event such a success!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today we celebrated our director’s 65th birthday, Pastor Otto .Ithemba Labantu family would like to thank you for all your guidance and support throughout these years .It is so special to have someone like you as a leader. May God grant you more years as the father of iThemba Labantu. We love you, Mfundisi!

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