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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
With these pictures taken by Prof Alex Krombholz during the Easter Egg Hunt at our pre-school we would like to wish all friends of iThemba Labantu a very happy and blessed Easter!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu Arts Department performed at the opening of the new shopping mall in Philippi!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
More than 400 children use our new sportsground every day! And they all need a toilet at one stage! With the help of the " Friends of iThemba Labantu " in Norway we installed three toilets and are building a 4m long urinal for the boys! Thank you to our friends in Norway, especially to the board members: Kjaerlaug Nilsen, Marit Rye Norgren, Kari Kaarboe, Marit Lise E. Bjoerndal and Tone-Lise Hindahl!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today the minister of Environmental Affairs and Developmental Planning, Anton Bredell, handed over the recycling trikes and certificates to the 11 beneficiaries who attended a 3 months course at iThemba Labantu. We are very excited about this successful joint project with the Western Cape Government and look forward to the next one!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
A few snapshots of our holiday program which is coming to an end tomorrow. Thank you to the program director Sophia and all helpers for organising and running it so professionally and successfully!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
So proud of our teams (u8,u10,u12) who made it into the cup round at the annual Human Rights Tournament organised by the Salt River Football Club!

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