The Challenges of living in an impoverished community.
The living conditions in these communities are generally poor with over 50,000 living in small shacks with no fresh water, electricity or sewerage available in the shacks. The unemployment levels are very high (71%) and the literacy levels low, with 59% earning less than R1,200 per month and 4% not having any form of income at all. It is estimated that 45% are “infected” with HIV, but the reality is that virtually every family is “affected” by HIV in one way or another. Tragically this is further aggravated by widespread crime, gangs, drugs, violence, rape, teenage pregnancies, HIV, neglect and the abuse of women and children.
These devastating conditions have resulted in the breakdown of family structures causing single parent families and “child-headed” households with hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families.
The Hermanus Rainbow Trust’s Vision
To rebuild the “fabric of society” in these impoverished communities by improving the “quality of lives” of Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Disadvantaged Families by providing parenting and lifestyle skills, psycho-social support and a world class “early childhood development” programme, developed and implemented in partnership with the Stellenbosch University.