After departing the quayside, a 45 min coach transfer on the N2 National Highway will take you to into the Baphumelele Orphanage, located in the bustling township of Khayelitsha. Founded in 2001, Baphumelele Children’s Home was a humble woman’s response to an alarming situation. Rosie Mashale had no money when she decided to provide a home and place of safety for children who were orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected, but she had a vision, a big heart, a lot of resolve and the constant support of her community. At present the children – ranging in age from newborn to 19 years old – live in nine separate buildings. They are cared for by women and men from the community who love them as their very own, and who are supported by volunteers. The sustainability and unique nature of Baphumelele as a community-based project is assured through its deep roots in the community.
The Home in particular is viewed by many as a sentinel of hope in the townships of the Western Cape and a demonstration of what a community can achieve when all work together. At the orphanage, if she is available, you will be met by the founding member of the establishment, Rosie Mashale, who will offer a brief tour of the orphanage coupled with an explanation on what it aims to achieve. Once you are familiar with the establishment, the group will be split up to assist with various activities taking place throughout the orphanage including infant minding, playing with toddlers, reading to the children, general handiwork, and meal preparation in the kitchen.
After completing the various tasks assigned, bid farewell to the children at the orphanage and transfer to Langa for a cycling tour and a visit to the Happy Feet Project where you will meet the founder, Siviwe Mbinda and enjoy a performance by the kids. Happy Feet Youth Project is a NPO founded in 2007 by Siviwe Mbinda in an effort to provide a safe after school environment for the children of his community. Through Siviwe’s work as a tourist guide in Langa, he saw an opportunity to further develop the mentor relationship he had with a small group of children. He paired responsible tourism and gumboots dance together as a catalyst to enable psychosocial and concrete benefits for the children.
The program includes approximately 70 boys and girls ages 3-20. Through dedication and hard work Happy Feet has performed at conferences, traditional ceremonies, hotels, universities, dance competitions, museums, and in parliament. The funding Happy Feet receives goes towards uniforms, traditional instruments, a feeding scheme, school fee and material support, and Happy Feet outings and functions. Return to the quayside thereafter, having been inspired by the local community.
-Comfortable shoes & and sun screen are strongly recommended.
-Please note to utilise the restroom facilities prior to departure, due to limited restrooms in the Township .
-Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which whilst having extreme poverty, is busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making it a place of hope. One needs to be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a “no frills “experience.
-Through participating in this tour, you will receive an insight into the local African culture like no other you have ever experienced, and in doing so, will contribute to the economic upliftment so vital for the people of South Africa.