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Westlake United Church Trust (WUCT) is an award winning Non-Profit Organisation that employs 55 people at its multi-service facility embedded within a disadvantaged community incongruously to be found in an affluent Cape Town suburb. WUCT acts as a hub for the community of approximately 8000 people. The staff is mostly employed from the community and 95% are from historically disadvantaged individuals. In Rhoda Kadalie’s words, “WUCT is evidence of a community taking its destiny into its own hands”.
The WUCT project addresses issues of extreme poverty, ill health, early childhood development, unemployment and social issues. The WUCT projects runs the Emmanual Educare pre-school catering for up to 210 children, Home Based Care programme supporting 350 people, with the carers conducting on average 2000 home visits per month, whilst the Community Advice Office placed 185 people in employment in 2012 and serves on average 400 people per month.