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NGO Site Tours

Unfortunately, our NGO Site Tours have sold out and are no longer available with registrations.

We wanted guests at the Pathways to Resilience conference to be able to learn a bit more about the incredible work that some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) are doing in South Africa. While there are a number of different NGOs doing amazing work, we have chosen to highlight the Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust, Community Action for a Safer Environment (CASE) and the Desmond Tutu Foundation Youth Centre.

Visits to these sites will happen on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. All buses will be leaving from Century City Conference Centre at 12:15pm SAST.

Etafeni

The Etafeni Centre has developed a replicable model of holistic sustainable community-based care for AIDS-affected and vulnerable children and their caregivers. It is situated in Nyanga, one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town. As an impoverished community, the people of Nyanga face severe unemployment and alarming rates of HIV/AIDS. Once known as having the highest crime rate in Cape Town, Nyanga is slowly improving through the efforts of community members who are working hard to alleviate poverty and create job opportunities.

You are invited to meet the youth involved in Etafeni’s Fit for Life, Fit for Work program, After School program, and the women of the Income Generation craft centre. Three small shuttle buses will take 36 people to Etafeni in Nyanga for an afternoon’s visit to have a simple, traditional lunch with the people of the centre, learn of the Etafeni program, a conversation with the youth, children and women involved, and a stop at the centre’s craft shop. Nyanga is a township that is 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Cost: $25 CAD (R350) per visitor.

Please note that that since we are a year out from the tours, and the highly volatile fuel market there is a slight chance prices may change closer to date. 

Visit Etafeni's Website

Community Action for a Safer Environment (CASE)

Started by one of our Hot Topic Debate speakers, Lane Benjamin, CASE seeks to break the cycle of crime and violence in which young people live by equipping community members to reorganize and respond appropriately to both the causes and effects of crime and violence in their community. It is based in Hanover Park, a neighbourhood developed to enable the Apartheid policies of segregation, situated 20 minutes out of Cape Town with high levels of unemployment, gang activity and substance dependence. Based within a series of converted shipping containers on the grounds of a local High School, CASE runs after school and youth programs, men’s groups, support groups, women’s wellness activities using counselling, life skills and group support to create a positive community.

You are invited to meet the community members involved in CASE’s program. One small shuttle bus will take 12 people to CASE in Hanover Park for an afternoon’s visit.

Cost: $25 CAD (R350) per visitor.

Please note that that since we are a year out from the tours, and the highly volatile fuel market there is a slight chance prices may change closer to date. 

Visit CASE’s Website

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation has worked in Masiphumelele, an under-resourced community south of Cape Town, for more than twelve years. The Youth Centre is a project that grew from this relationship in response to the needs of young people in the area. The goal is to give adolescents the tools and the confidence to make healthy life choices and to assist them in developing their potential. The Youth Centre does this through offering a safe, healthy environment where youth aged 12-22 from diverse communities can gather, learn, and play and access friendly sexual and reproductive health care. The project is housed within the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, which is an accredited research grouping with the purpose to lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on individuals, families and communities, through innovation and is committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

You are invited to meet the staff and youth of the centre. One small shuttle bus will take 12 people from Century City to the Youth Centre for an afternoon's visit. The hours’ drive to Masipumelele is particularly scenic moving from the city along the Atlantic seaboard, Hout Bay, and Chapman’s Peak. Keeping the time of day in mind the shuttle will stop briefly at the Fisherman's Wharf in Hout Bay where attendees can purchase a lunch. Alternatively, attendees are welcome to bring a snack or lunch with them as well. The shuttle bus will return on the southerly side of the mountain.

Cost: $25 CAD (R350) per visitor.

Please note that that since we are a year out from the tours, and the highly volatile fuel market there is a slight chance prices may change closer to date. 

Visit Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre’s Website


Please note that the costs cover a donation of $10 CAD (R120) per person to the host organization. The remainder of the charges are at a cost recovery basis to cover the cost of transportation to and from the site.

 

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