About Hangberg and Hout Bay project
Hagberg has a population of about 15,000 people and within that population we find two types of indigenous groups: Khoi-Khoi and Colored. Both live in Hout Bay with a predominantly white population, which controls all economic resources. </ P>
In this small township the main problems are: land ownership, unemployment (especially youth), drugs, loss of values and lack of economic resources. </ p>
Although distinct, the four pillars are united. There are synergies between them and they are our four forces to achieve a better community in the future.
In the pillar of childhood, the objective is that the children of Houties and Leopards can get to study and receive specific training to later develop as professionals, we also want the students of now to be the monitors in the future.
In the empowerment pillar we want to support all the women in the community who support their families. We have two workshops: one for young women and one for older women. The goal of both is the same: to empower them.
Within entrepreneurship, we seek to generate income in the community and motivate locals to carry out an economic activity.
Finally, through the pillar of sustainability, our latest incorporation, we seek to educate young and old in caring for the environment. We clean the community, we do recycling and water care workshops, and we have built an eBaobab! It is made with recycled material and in the glass there are solar panels that provide free energy to the Hangberg Primary School.
Our workshops are formed by a group of six women between 55 and 80 years old. Every Tuesday and Thursday they meet at the Hangberg library and work on different projects that motivate them to later sell those products in a local market and earn extra income. So far they have sewn the Houties scarves and fabric organizers.
In January we also started with the project for young women. We have just started but we already have four girls, between 16 and 19 years old, who are trying to instill feminist values, to make them see that their gender does not limit their aspirations. The project is led by our Coach Dene and they are intended to empower in different aspects (self defense, help to carry out CV, professional orientation …)
We also suggest small business ideas so they can earn income.
The group of older ladies also meets twice a week autonomously and manufactures materials that we then sell in local markets.