To build a sports centre in the township of Mbekweni, near Paarl (60km from Cape Town) which will be a catalyst for life change amongst the young people ‚Äì particularly vulnerable children. To integrate the centre with 6 development programmes for ‚Äì Health, Welfare, Education, Leadership, Business Development and Sports Excellence.
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Mbekweni is a township 60km from Cape Town near Paarl. It has a long history of poverty and ill health. There are high levels of unemployment and over 40% live below the South African poverty line. The young people play a lot of ad-hoc sport. However, generally the girls and other vulnerable children are excluded. The project is building an indoor sports centre which will be a secure and controlled environment in which to work with the young people. To bring about life change there will be 6 development programmes which will be based at the centre but work in the township. The aims are ÔÉò An increase in awareness of HIV/AIDs and its prevention ÔÉò A growing self belief in individuals and the community ÔÉò A significant increase in individuals‚Äô health and self esteem ÔÉò An increase in community pride and participation ÔÉò An opportunity for different communities and racial groups to work and play together in harmony ÔÉò A reduction in crime, unacceptable behaviours and substance abuse The target groups are ‚Äì ‚Ä¢ Children and young people living with the effects of health issues o HIV/AIDs, TB, Epilepsy ‚Ä¢ Vulnerable children and young people o Girls, disabled, orphans, street children ‚Ä¢ Children and young people o Disadvantaged, affected by poverty It is expected the direct impact will be to over 6,000 young people/year The building of the centre is underway and will be complete by 12th June 2010. The funding for this is 70% in place. The creation, organisation and running of the development programmes is budgeted at approximately ¬£60,000 per year.
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