Ensuring basic needs are met
In the sprawling township of Philippi in Cape Town, South Africa, each day is a struggle for the very basic of needs. Nearly one million families live here in small iron sheet shacks. In this impoverished community, HIV and AIDS prevalence is high, and young people are suffering alcoholism, unemployment, violence and drug abuse. Dropping out of school prematurely is a way of life.
Making a living in this township is not easy. People in Philippi typically do manual work, some run small businesses selling alcohol or vegetables, sewing, or washing cars. Most hardly make enough for their families to survive on.
In this area, SOS Children’s Villages South Africa works to strengthen families such as Nyalela’s, a grandmother who has assumed the role of the primary caregiver for three grandchildren. The aim is to improve the living standards of poor families through basic needs support and ensure that children have access to essential services like education, food and health.