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Blikkiesdorp, Delft Outreach


Symphony Way, better known as Blikkiesdorp, Delft is one of the most impoverished areas of colour in South Africa. There are approximately 12,000 families living in this enclosed area on ACSA (Airport Company of South Africa) land next to Cape Town’s International airport.

Families of eight and more live in 2 x 4 m tin homes, sharing one water basin and toilet with three other families. There is no vegetation, neither any pre-schools or recreation for kids below the age of six. These children live unattended with stray dogs, while their parents leave home, most as early as four o’clock in the morning to get to work on public transport.

The crime, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as sexual abuse of children in this area has even the South African Police in shock. Unemployment figures are around 80%, but already shows a 15% improvement since 2009.

Pastor Charles George realised that they do not have the means to feed, clothe and empower this community, unless the marketplace also get involved to assist with skills training, employment, distribution of food and clothing, etc.

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