In 2017, Love to Langa completed an indoor, heated learn-to-swim pool at The Philippi Children's Centre, an oasis in a very poor farming community in Cape Town, South Africa. We continue to support this effort to provide lifesaving swimming skills to the children at the school and the surrounding community. Our latest project is the Love to Langa Montessori School, which we anticipate opening in 2021.
The Philippi farm area's unemployment estimate is a shocking 70% and malnutrition and other social ills that go with poverty pervade. One of the most troublesome issues is the lack of access to education in the community. Severe health issues including HIV, TB, and babies suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome are on the increase and physical and sexual abuse is a regular occurrence in most households due to alcohol and drug abuse.
The Philippi Children's Centre serves disadvantaged children aged two months to six years. The Centre provides transport and meals, and is taking great care to involve parents and the wider community in the running of the centre. Thanks to our donors, we have already built a new classroom and swimming pool. We are now focused on the swimming academy and raising funds to build the Love to Langa Montessori School in Langa.
As education is the cornerstone for success in life, providing these children with access to a solid start can have a lasting impact on the future of the community. The swimming academy will provide training and jobs for young people in the community.