We work mainly with iThemba Projects who are working tirelessly towards our goals in the impoverished community of Sweetwaters.
Sweetwaters also know as Mpumuza is a community on the outskirts of the city Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.
Mpumuza or Sweetwaters is an impoverished area that is home to between 50 000 and 60 000 people. Youth and children make up the majority of these people. It is uncommon to pass through Sweetwaters/Mpumuza without seeing children and youth walking on the dirt and tar roads. The Sweetwaters community is a vibrant community, rich in culture. The people are welcoming and hospitable, the children are full of life, laughter and fun. The area is set in beautiful rolling hills and muddy rivers, with lush vegetation during the summer months.
Mpumuza is characterised by its poor housing and limited supply of essential services. Poverty is rife, and the majority of the community lack the skills or the relatively small setup capital to produce food of their own. The high level of unemployment adds to the problem, and many of the families rely on government grants to survive. Furthermore a huge number of the children are orphaned, estimated to be in the region of 5000. Amazingly most of these children are absorbed into households in the community, where although tough families care for the children. However, this has created a generation growing up with parents/guardians that are hugely stretched to care for all these children.
These kinds of realities are common all over South Africa and in many parts of Africa. Our hope is that through supporting the work of iThemba Projects we can be part of raising a new generation that is educated, mentored and ready to be the future hope of this community.