NPO plans around need

2015-07-28 13:58
Silikamva High School pupils performing at the opening of the Ubuntu4All Cafe in Hout Bay. The programme offers the girls and boys extra mural activities which include dance, choir and drama classes.

Silikamva High School pupils performing at the opening of the Ubuntu4All Cafe in Hout Bay. The programme offers the girls and boys extra mural activities which include dance, choir and drama classes.

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“I am because we are and we are because I am”.

This is the vision of Ubuntu4all, a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Hout Bay which facilitates and creates social, remedial and community-based projects in the schools and informal community in Hout Bay and surrounds.

The organisation was officially launched on Saturday at Silikamva High School.

Ubuntu4all was registered as an NPO in January last year and as a service provider on the Western Cape trade supplier database in January.

Sylke Kakebeeke-Funk, director of the organisation, is a social worker and family therapist. She says the team is directly involved in the schools and community daily with intervention, social instruction, remedial and social therapy programmes, as well as with other forms of socio-economic help.

Funk says the organisation’s strength is to deal with the child or young person’s problem as it occurs. “We don’t fit a child or a person into a programme, we fit the right programme and intervention around the child, or person, and his or her needs,” she says.

The organisation also works with Silikamva High School, residents, the department of social development and the department of education. “Working together with schools, trained therapists and other bigger and smaller organisations, we are a direct link and first stop for people in disadvantaged situations,” she says.

Funk says problem-solving, empowering the individual and the family and providing ongoing support in the community make Ubuntu4all “a powerful, practical and direct solution”.

Ubuntu4all is running several projects in the community, including providing an aftercare facility at primary school level and remedial and holiday programmes.

High school pupils get experience in social work, group work, remedial help and extramural activities.

The organisation also extends its services to youngsters that are not in school and provides education for adults. It also holds family group conferences, parent workshops and gang awareness and action programmes.

“Through ubuntu we are natural and passionate team players and networkers. We know we need each other to make a difference for each of us,” Funk says

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