WATCH: Heart assists Villiersdorp during #16DaysForYouth
Cape Town - The town of Villiersdorp, or “the pearl of the Overberg”, as it is affectionately known, is outside Caledon.
Established as an agricultural town, its residents are predominantly seasonal farm labourers, who are often without work for almost half the year.
Historically, the residents live in poverty and are severely under-resourced.
However, recently, the organisation Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) identified Nuwedorp, a rural settlement in Villiersdorp, as an area in dire need of assistance, particularly for its youth.
VPUU is an area-based community development programme that aims to create safe and sustainable neighbourhoods through urban improvements and social interventions.
Day 5 brings us to a very special place in Villiersdorp.We’re ready to help make a positive change in the lives of others & choice is the most powerful tool we https://t.co/PWVoFF0Zk4 we choose to feed all the hungry tummy’s & to create a space of trust. Tune in!#16DaysForYouth pic.twitter.com/9VrFP6Qlxj— Heart FM (@Heart1049FM) June 5, 2019
It began as a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the German Development Bank. In April 2013, the VPUU non-profit company was established to implement VPUU throughout the Western Cape.
Heart FM identified the Noncedo Educare Centre as an organisation that was doing great work in the community and, as part of the 16 Days for Youth initiative, chose to assist it by improving the facility and providing a hot meal for its residents.
Down the road is the newly built resource centre, which is the pride of the residents. Created by the VPUU, in partnership with the municipality, it has become a hub for skills development and training.
The manager, Jenny Mckenzie, said unemployment, drugs and school drop-outs were prevalent in Nuwedorp. She said the youth café, inside the resource centre, was a skills facility that offered programmes and courses to enable the youth to become assets to society.
Life skills were taught through, among others, mentorship programmes, therapy sessions for the disabled, after-care facilities and computer literacy.
The Noncedo Educare Centre is an extension of the resource centre and looks after pre-school children in the area. It also offers a toy library, which lends its educational toys and books to early childhood development centres in the area. It depends largely on donations and volunteers.
Goniwa Park we’re preparing something really special for you today. There’s a lot of love in this township, a lot of struggle and today we are thriving to be the change in their lives ♥️#16daysforyouth pic.twitter.com/VjOJqNq8oh— Heart FM (@Heart1049FM) June 5, 2019