Activism. Sometimes it’s sitting and listening to the hearts of volunteers - their impressions, opinions, questions and debates. The culture shock in finding out that there are certain behaviors shared between all nations. The transformation begins with the realization that you can measure reality versus what is in your heart and how it affects you. When something touches you and challenges your critical thinking – what you know or believe to be true - then three quarters of your mission is complete. We are working towards a future where women will be free.
While the community is called Lavender Hill, fields of blossoming flowers are far from view in this struggling community. Lavender Hill was formed as a result of the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the times of apartheid. It has a population of about 100,000 people including five informal settlements that contain high levels of drug abuse, violence, gangs, and crime.
There are numerous gang members in more than 137 gangs in the Cape Peninsula. Between 40% and 60% of all violent crime on the Cape Peninsula is gang-related. There is currently a 60% unemployment rate in Lavender Hill largely due to the legacy of apartheid. More than 25 years after apartheid, Lavender Hill is still struggling to keep its head above water in post-apartheid South Africa.
The Philisa Abafazi Bethu volunteering programme is unique in that you are able to choose any combinations of the projects according to your preference – the structure of our volunteering programme caters for the needs of the community and also the volunteer will learn from the experience . Host family accommodations will be arranged and airport pickup and transport will be provided for international volunteers.
According to their interests and qualifications, volunteers can choose in which programme they want to support Philisa Abafazi Bethu. You will find information about the different programmes as well as the key responsibilities:
Then send your Volunteer Application Form (PDF) via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com (German Contact)
Your donation will be used to finance our safe houses for victims of domestic violence and abuse and to provide meals for our programmes. Also, we are currently looking for funds for a 4x4 vehicle to reach the people in need living in the informal settlements of our community.
People from South Africa can
donate via SnapScan
Or via electronic bank transfer to:
First National Bank
137 Main Road
7800 Plumstead, Cape Town
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Account No.: 62427041570
Branch Code: 201109
People from Germany/Europe can donate
through electronic bank transfer to:
Kreditinstitut: VR Bank Hohenneuffen-Teck
Kontoinhaber: Friends of Philisa Abafazi Bethu e.V.
IBAN: DE78 6126 1339 0695 6760 08