While visiting Cape Town, and viewing the wonderful sights of the waterfront, Table Mountain, and the Cape of Good Hope, we also had the opportunity to see the other side of life: The townships. We were treated to a private tour of Ikamva Labantu, which is a non-profit non-governmental Trust, which touches the lives of over 1,000 children in 300 foster care homes, more than 12,00 pre-school children in 200 under-developed daycare centers and about 500 senior citizens in 17 senior clubs.
Ikamva Labantu was started in 1963 by a young woman named Helen Lieberman who was appalled by the effects of apartheid and poverty and wanted to make a difference. She began to work with women in Cape Town’s townships, and today it has become one of South Africa’s most respected community driven organizations. Their mission is to enable communities to be self-reliant and we were able to see first hand, the day to day operation of the day care and senior centers.
Unfortunately we only had a brief period of time to see all that Ikamva Labantu has accomplished, but I tried to capture the faces and spirit of those who make this wonderful NGO the success it is!
And many thanks to my husband Steve, who captured the adorable children and yours truly!