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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
During the school holidays iThemba Labantu is abuzz with activities for our kids! Besides another theater performance and games at our sportsground Mr Jacobs from the South African Astronomical Observatory explained the solar system to the children and made them build binoculars! What an interesting and fulfilled day!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
A little foretaste of what to expect at tomorrow‘s performance at Arts Cape Theater! We are ready!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Saturday is the big day! Our girls and boys will be performing at the Arts Cape Theatre! Please, support them there!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
We are so excited to have Prof Stephen DiMenna (left) from the International Theatre Project in New York back. It is his 8th time teaching, rehearsing and producing a play at iThemba Labantu. This time he brought Prof Harry Waters along to assist him with the production. Watch this space for more datails!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today on Youth Day we hosted in partnership with the NGO PS4L a big soccer and netball fun tournament. The new premier of the province Alan Winde opened the event and Heart fm broadcasted live! What a wonderful event!

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