Two charities are combining their efforts to uplift the gang-ridden community of Lavender Hill by planting gardens and teaching kids to build EcoBricks.
Cape Town, South Africa – Lavender Hill falls into the Cape Flats area which is plagued with crime due to the high numbers of gangs. Gangs affect the lives of everyone that lives in the different areas within the Cape Flats.
There are several organisations working to combat the effects of gangsterism within these communities. Two such organisation are Learning In Reach and Bambini Dream Foundation. The two organisations have teamed up to make a more significant impact in Lavender Hill.
The Bambini Dream Foundation works to inspire children to dream big. They believe that children without dreams have no hope, and without hope, they cannot thrive.
“We work with children who suffer due to social ills such as gangsterism, poverty, violence and abuse. Our project is to create “The Dream House”, our own centre of music, art and healing in Cape Town, South Africa. A safe and beautiful place in which children will be taught how to express themselves creatively through the mediums of music and art, and at the same time benefit therapeutically from these mediums (music and art therapy).”
Learning In Reach works to upskill teachers and parents so that the children that learn from them can thrive in life. They help set up educational centres in the Lavender Hill area.
“We focus on growing the skills of teachers and parents to empower them to be better teachers, leaders and role-models for our children, our future generation and hope for a better country.”
Together, they will be planting gardens and building EcoBricks around Lavender Hill. Learning In Reach project director, Leanne Reid spoke to Bianca Resnikov on the Pippa Hudson show explaining the project. They have been upgrading a building and will be doing more to make it beautiful for the community.
The Bambini Dream Foundation has a workshop for children, and in week 7, they learn about giving back. That is why the organisation teamed up with Learning In Reach so the kids currently in their programme could do something good within their community.
Their projects are continuously running so anyone can get involved at any time.