SEEDS TRUST/Little Lambs Christian Day Care is a registered South African NPO and Public Benefit Organization founded in 1999 by Marlena & Johann van der Walt, members of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Hout Bay. They started by encouraging church members to begin caring for toddlers of underemployed parents while they were at work or seeking work.
The SEEDS Trust
Founder and Trustee
The township or informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu is situated in the picturesque seaside suburb of Hout Bay in Cape Town. Hout Bay is like a microcosm of South Africa, with a wealthy, mainly white community, living alongside the poorer black community in Imizamo Yethu, and a so-called ‘coloured’ community in the township of Hangklip near the harbour.
Imizamo Yethu has a population of roughly 30,000 residents, who are mainly of Xhosa speaking origin from the Eastern Cape together with immigrants from the rest of Africa. The informal settlement was established in the early 1990s when 450 families who had been squatting in shacks around Hout Bay were moved to this new area on the side of a mountain overlooking the harbour. The population of the township has mushroomed since then, as black people in search of work, education and a better future settled there.
Although much as been done, housing needs are still at a critical level with many people being forced to live in temporary shelters out of corrugated iron, called “shacks“. The settlement has dismal water facilities with no sewerage system and proper toilets for the greater part of these people; the area is also a very high-risk fire area and carries with it poor emergency services access. Due to the high unemployment, many homes have problems with alcohol, drugs, gangsterism, woman/child abuse and crime.
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