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Mandela Park … community visiting with Pamela

Imizamo Yethu is more commonly known as IY or Mandela Park to the people living there, many of whom have settled there from the Eastern Cape, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The informal settlement is next to the more prosperous suburb of Hout Bay and suffers many of the problems of Cape Town’s sprawling townships: unemployment, HIV, poverty, substance abuse and gang violence.

Nonprofits like James House provide a range of community services to help the residents and Child and Youth Care Workers like Pamela are key to their success. Isibindi is the name of the community programme and it means “courage” in Xhosa. Pamela visits her clients regularly to ensure children are ready for school and helps with household chores when there is illness in the family. She provides assistance with paperwork and obtaining medication and benefits and helps young heads of households (who may have lost their parents) to cope with looking after their siblings. Pamela is a loveable bundle of fun and compassion and has a personal understanding of the issues people face since she lives locally, as do most of the Isibindi Team.

These photos are from a few hours I spent with Pamela as she visited some of her clients in Mandela Park.

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