Programmes run in 9 communities in partnership with churches and schools in these communities:
This township is located on the edge of New Germany. Poverty is rampant in this community: we work with many child-headed households (there is no adult in the house because he / she has died), in many others the bread winners have AIDS and are too sick to work, or simply lack the skills to be employed. The predominant problems in this community are poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, lack of economic opportunity, crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and rape.
Formerly KwaDabeka had a predominantly Indian population. However in the 1960s, KwaDabeka was established as a community for migrant workers who were employed in Pinetown. Known for the large and overcrowded KK Hostel, KwaDabeka is made up of a largely rental market. Finding employment has become a major community issue, with the unemployment rate at 35.4 percent.
This inner-city area has a great deal of poverty. Although the city is cosmopolitan, a high percentage is comprised of Congolese, Nigerian, Burundian, Zimbabwean, Rwandese, and Malawian refugees. Many of these refugees have skills, but are unable to find employment in their field of expertise. Drug abuse, crime, alcoholism, people living on the streets and the language barrier are the most significant issues in this community..
CAST’s relationship with Noodsberg began about 40 years ago, when Westville Baptist Church developed a relationship with Ephraim Mzobe, a young milk-delivery man in Westville and a strong Christian. After Ephraim had studied for the ministry at Union Bible Institute, he went back to his home in Noodsberg and established the Noodsberg Baptist Church. Ever since then Westville Baptist Church and Noodsberg Baptist Church have been sister churches in spreading the Gospel.
Noodsberg and the surrounding communities of Appelsbosch and Chibini are a 90 minute drive outside of Durban. Rural communities such as these lack resources, with people living mainly off the amount of food they are able to farm, with low rainfall and small tracts of land. Access to water, electricity, and other municipal services are limited; nearly 38 percent of the population in this area has no running water.
As a part of the greater Ilembe district, the population in this area also has a high proportion of those under the age of 34 years, with 49 percent of the population 19 years or younger. As the smallest district in KwaZulu-Natal, this area also has a high unemployment rate, at 48 percent. As a result, most individuals who are able leave the farms to work in the city, leaving children to be raised by grandparents or other family members.
LAMONTVILLE: (Partner: Lamontville Baptist Church)
This small township community of some 35,000 people is near Chatsworth and Umlazi. As the oldest township near Durban, Lamontville has a rich cultural, political, artistic, and athletic history. Created in the early 1930s, Lamontville was intended for the rising African middle class of the time. However, because of its location near the edge of town, most people did not want to live in Lamontville because it was far away from work and school.
Over time, individuals from the farms began to move to Lamontville for a chance to work. Most of these individuals lived in shacks which allowed:
• Family reunification
• A safe place for those fleeing abusive relationships or rural poverty on the farms
Now many of the older homes have large families (grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren) all living together. These families tend to be original Lamontville residents. Newer families from the farms and other communities living in shacks are seen as outsiders. Many of these newer residents are in the process of moving to transit camps with the hope of permanent government housing.
However, Lamontville still remains an athletic, artistic, and cultural hub. Lamontville is especially known for their soccer team, the Lamontville Golden Arrows.
The main social issues include: poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and rape.
Established in 1976 because of the Group Areas Act, Mariannridge was a community intended for coloured families forced out of Pinetown during Apartheid.
CAST operates in close partnership with Transformation Mariannridge, an organisation that has been running in this community for many years. This community struggles with poverty, unemployment, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence.
Originally called the “Blackhurst Location”, Chesterville was established in 1946, and named after T.J. Chester, the Municipal Native Administrative Department Manager of the time. Chesterville was built with the intention of becoming a retirement village. However, families moved from Cato Manor into Chesterville after the forced evacuations and riots of the 1940s and 1950s. This township community has a rich history of involvement in the apartheid struggle. Although there has been considerable development in recent years, there are still large numbers of people living in informal housing and affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS. West City Fellowship has been actively involved in development in this community since the late 1980s.