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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
This interesting visitor from Norway impressed us with his language skills. Not only can he speak German fluently, but also Afrikaans and some words in isiXhosa. Thanks a lot for visiting Dag Henrik Nygaard and give our regards to your uncle Bjarte Nygaard Bjoerndal who started the wonderful relationship bewteen iTL and the Lions in Norway many years ago!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
At last they can see properly! With the help of the Lions Club Tokai who paid for the frames and the Friends of iThemba Labantu in Oslo, Norway, who paid for the lenses,10 of our kids received glasses and are very happy learners now! Thank you so much to the donors!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today our Grade 3s presented Native American myths and legends. Each group performed a short play highlighting aspects of North American cultures. Well done, and Thank You to them and to principle Mr Colquhoun!
And we had visitors from Germany: former volunteer at iTL Nina, husband Tosh and baby Lukhanya and from Israel: Sabine and Shaul who sang a traditional song in Hebrew for us! What a blessed day!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today Unathi came to report about his new job at a company called Drain Blasters. He started already in January after finishing a one year contract as a plumber with onother company. It is always such a joyful occasion when previous students of ours find employment due to the skills and the certificate they received from iThemba Labantu!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
After a horrific week of killings, rapings and kidnappings we had a very emotional devotion today led by our mothers and sisters who could not contain their anger, pain and frustration! Our school principle Mr Colquhoun gave a strong message directed especially to our boys and men and asked them to help break the cycle of violence against girls and women! God save South Africa!
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
iThemba Labantu - Lutheran Community Centre
Today we had a big group from Bavaria visiting us!
Thank you for the interesting discussions and questions and - last but not least - for buying so many of our ceremic and bead work items!

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