We work with children/youth in one of the most deprived communities in Cape Town. Government Grants are just R 300 (£15) per month per child and families have to make heart-rending choices between food, clothing their kids and paying the mandatory contribution to school fees / equipment.
Unemployment is over 70% and gang violence is rife in the Manenberg District /Township where we work. Over 50% of the children in our Hluma after-school programme and holiday club are in extreme poverty and without help, the future looks bleak. By offering a safe haven, educational, nutritional and emotional support, we provide immediate relief from poverty. Over the long term this support improves the wellbeing and future prospects of these children, breaking the cycle of deprivation.
Hluma - meaning 'prosper' in Xhosa - provides a refuge for youth aged 9-15, offers 1:1 / group support in maths and English, a nutritious meal - for many the only meal they eat each day - and fun in a nurturing environment. As well as helping to meet basic needs and building self esteem, Hluma aims to improve the future prospects of these children by improving educational outcomes, offering alternatives to gangs and breaking the cycle of systemic poverty in the long term.