Back in the early 2000’s a young Zimbabwean man called Cozmore Fungulani started working intermittently with the youth in Klipheuwel, an informal settlement bordering the suburb of Durbanville in the Northern areas of Cape Town.
Driven by his faith in Jesus Christ and his love for the people, he trained the young boys in soccer, took food to assist those in need, helped repair roofs that leaked and assisted in other practical ways.
In 2011 a couple of people from the Durbanville Community Church started working together with Cozmore in a more formal outreach to assist the wonderful people of this community in the various facets and difficulties of life.
Klipheuwel is an extremely disadvantaged community. The people live in informal structures (shacks) made out of second hand materials. Sanitation is very poor and basic - small concrete structures outside their homes that house chemical type toilets. A few communal taps provide the only water. Often the taps are dry.
At that stage the community had no electricity either. Jobs are very hard to find. Education has historically been poor, compounded by the living conditions which make studying hard.
Our involvement in 2011 began initially by training some of the younger boys and girls in Kick boxing / wrestling / Jiu Jitsu. This was our way of connecting with the young men and some of the girls in the community in order to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a result of our involvement, we got to know and love the people of Klipheuwel and witnessed the extreme circumstances that they lived in and the daily struggles that this community faced.
Love and compassion for the people as well as a conviction that God wants us to help our fellow man, motivated us to help them in various ways. Subsequently, we got involved with building homes for the families as we saw need, providing food, clothing, mattresses, medical care, tutoring, solar powered lights, mentoring, educational assistance and Bible studies etc.
We have been fortunate to partner with others along this journey and are grateful for the generosity and love shown to this community by so many.