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Xenophobic violence in South Africa

04 Jun

Westlake United Church Trust has been working around the clock at one of the largest informal shelters for displaced foreigners at Chrysalis Academy (a large reformatory for at-risk youth) in Tokai forest, Cape Town. It is an idyllic setting on the slopes of Table Mountain where even baboons roam around and visit us daily! The […]

Ithemba support group goes to candlelight memorial service.

21 May

We were invited by Fikelela to attend the candlelight memorial service at Zonnebloem chapel on Thursday 15 May 2008. The guest speaker was the new Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. 18 of us from the Ithemba support group went and we were privileged to meet the Archbishop afterwards. The service was to remember those who have […]

Nozipho’s Story

09 May

My name is Nozipho and I am HIV positive. I have 2 children who are 15 years and 13 years old. The eldest is a girl called Yamkela and the youngest is a boy called Kamva. They are in the Eastern Cape and my mother looks after them. I have been HIV positive since 2002. […]

Our playground has moved!

25 Apr

Due to the building renovations, our playground has been moved to another side of the building. The children are making the most of the beautiful weather and enjoying the equipment.

Westlake goes upmarket!

22 Apr

On Saturday, we had a table at Christ Church Constantia’s craft fair. We sold lots of our stunning newly designed bags and tablemats, which we have recently been busy manufacturing. We also sold a large number of our ‘button necklaces’, which our beaders have been producing with beads and re-cycled buttons donated to us. The […]

Johnny is back on line!

09 Apr

Jonathan McLean, 37, comes to our community office every day from 9am to 3pm, to do what he calls office work. He loves his computer and does school work on it, and he also helps to clean up and do odd jobs. The office was broken into on 23 March, and his computer tower was stolen. […]

EU visits our home based carers

04 Apr

On Tuesday 1 April, a delegation from the European Union, as well as from Dept Health National Government, and Dept Health Provincial Govt, visited us in Westlake. They met the home based carers, who took them to see a patient in the village. They financially support our home based care program and we were delighted […]

Red Zebra comes to Westlake!

04 Apr

During the Easter holidays, we held a 3-day children’s holiday program in our hall for 2oo children from Westlake, aged 6-15 years. An organisation called Red Zebra came with 200 drums and entertained the children through drama, music and drumming exercises! There was lots of noise – and fun -and the children had an amazing […]

Cape to Cairo

04 Apr

Our sewing instructor, Judy Lambrecht, has left to go on a 6 month adventure with her family and their landrover through Africa. We had a party for her and Nozipho made her a beautiful African outfit called an ‘mbhaco’, which she said she will wear on her travels! We will miss her, but wish them all the […]

Sewing and Beadwork Projects flourish!

25 Feb

Here are some photos of our sewers and beaders – our sewers are working on an order for Township Patterns in Khayelitsha. They are producing a large number of hessian bags, which are being sold in the shops, as well as overseas. We are thrilled to be sharing this order with Township Patterns. Our beaders have also been […]