Philani weaving

Khayelitsha

Philani is one of the oldest and most well-known projects in Khayelitsha. It was founded by a medical doctor from Sweden in 1979. The project helps single mothers, mothers who are HIV-positive and foster mothers of AIDS orphans to generate an income.

The project is visited and supported by headliners, for example Queen Elizabeth II, princess Madeleine of Sweden, Dalai Lama and Laura Bush, wife of the ex-president o the USA.

Specific of this project is the integrated kindergarten, which allows the mothers to work here, knowing that their children are taken care of on the same property. Medical help and advice for a healthy nutrition is also available in this project.

The mothers mainly manufacture hand woven tapestry, runners and carpets. Others print on fabric and manufacture table cloths or aprons. All products are sold at the shop of the project, the mother who made the sold item will get a share of the price.

Happy Feet

Langa

This project was founded in 2007 with 8 members, who learned how to perform gumboot dance, a typical form of dancing in South Africa. In the meantime the group has got more than 40 members, besides the gumboot dances they also perform traditional dances and play soccer.

The members are boys and girls at the age between 4 and 16 years from the poorest areas of Langa.

Purpose of the project is to keep the children after school away from the streets, alcohol, drug abuse and crime.

Under the intense mentoring by Siviwe and Nathi (both local township guides) these children developed skills which give them success even outside the township. They already performed at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, at festivals and company events. Highlights of the last two years were performances within an art festival at Artscape theater, the biggest theater in Cape Town.

The children also learn to work in a team, discipline and respect for each other. Handicapped and HIV positive children are also integrated in the group and learn to accept each other and interact naturally. Besides buying equipment and food, earnings are also spent on excursions, helping to improve the group dynamics. The poorest families are getting help with clothing and school fees for their kids.

Joe Slovo Kindergarden

Joe Slovo, Milnerton

Joe Slovo is a township in Milnerton, about five minutes drive away from our guesthouse. Tourists usually do not visit this township, that’s why we have chosen to support this kindergarten.
Cynthia is in charge of this kindergarten for more than 11 years, looking after more than 50 children between the age of 1 and 6 years.

The kindergarten is located in 4 old containers, which became rusty and leaky, not really worth for proper sealing. There is no water and no toilets, all children are using one outside bucket-system toilet.

For more than a year we are negotiating with the municipality about a free piece of land in the township for the kindergarten, where we would like to erect a proper structure with kitchen and bathrooms. This can still take some time, in this phase we try to get and save donations, only the extremely urgent repairs are done in the meantime.

Investing in education of children is the most important component to secure the future of the country. Only with a much better educational level poverty and its problems can be solved in the longer run…