The people of Philippi live in sheer poverty. Most of them have come from the Eastern Cape in order to find a better life in Cape Town. But jobs are difficult to find, so they end up in little shacks made from wood, card-board and corrugated iron and eke out a meagre living. Crime is rife. The Philippi police district has the highest per capita murder rate in South Africa. The AIDS-infection rate is estimated to be 30%. Many women get infected by rape and gang rape. As there is almost no social welfare system in South Africa they have no income to feed themselves and their children.
We strive to improve the social and economic conditions of the greatly disadvantaged people of the Philippi area by offering them free access to nutrition, education and health care. We also empower them through income generating and skills development projects and give them access to a variety of recreational and team building activities.