good people around the world,
After three years studying in
Giessen University, Germany and one year at Stockholm University, Sweden, I am
now since November in Cape Town, South Africa for an internship and the research
for my master thesis. Together with my colleague Anne, we interviewed 100
Entrepreneurs with the goal to develop training to get more people into
self-employment and entrepreneurship.
This is a fantastic
opportunity to get to meet a huge variety of people and I am very blessed in
learning so much every day. During the course of our work I got in touch with a
project that got me excited and which I would like to tell you about: In the
Township of Imizamo Yethu (also known as Mandela Park) in Hout Bay, Cape Town.
25 minutes away from my doorstep live approximately 20,000 people in overcrowded
space, in shacks without running water or electricity; conditions that I could
not even have imagined before my first visit to South Africa six years ago. Of
the 3,000 kids that live there, only about 1,000 have the possibility to go to
school, the others can’t afford it. The percentage of HIV-positive people is
estimated to be about 30%. Unemployment, drug-abuse and crime are high.
"Informal settlements" like
this are numerous in Cape Town and in all bigger cities in South Africa. I can
understand from my own experience that it is easy to be overwhelmed by a feeling
of hopelessness and "what can I do?” But I do believe that every one of us can
do and must do something to make this world a happier, better and fairer place
and everybody can do so in his or her own way. I am very blessed by and thankful
for all the people I have met during my stay in South Africa that have - against
all odds - made the best out of their sometimes very limited resources to
contribute to the world around them. Very, very inspiring people.
One example of hope is for me
the centre named IZIKO LOBOMI (Centre of Life) in the middle of the Township
Imizamo Yethu. Already as I was there the first time I had an enthusiastic
feeling of "Something good and great is happening here". Many people engage
there, work for better conditions in the community, do what they can to offer
the inhabitants of the township a better present, a better future. IZIKO LOBOMI
is a meeting point for many people that desperately need help. For 1Rand (ca 15
US-Cent) children, elders and needy people can get here a nutritious meal. Job
skills are taught, crises and AIDS counselling is given, activities that offer
an alternative to drugs, alcohol and crime as well as medical aid are provided,
kids are taken care of , and – I cannot put it in right words, I can only tell
you that something is going on there, something good and hope-giving. Here is
the link for the homepage:
- please check it out!
As a student my financial
resources are limited as well, but even I can give. A donation of 10 Euro can
feed a child for a whole month. Also I prayed about which other recourses I have
to help out and I thought about the following: Through my travels I have met so
many great people all over the world. If I told all those people about the
project and each of these people just gave a dollar or two – oh what a
difference this could make…
May the Lord bless you more
than you can imagine!
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