Welcome to Paradise
Khayelitsha is an informal township in the Western Cape, South Africa, located on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town.
It has a view with Table Mountain in the background that you don’t regularly see in postcards.
The name is Xhosa for New Home and it is reputed to be the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa.
Khayelitsha is notorious to some Capetonians as a dangerous place that should be avoided at all cost but for an estimated 504 729 people, it is home.
Living in a society where taxi organizations are fighting violently for territory and where Cape Flats gangs are in a constant dispute for drug terrains does not portray a safe environment for anyone who is trying to make an honest living.
My reason for visiting Khayelitsha was to go to a school for deaf people in the heart of the township named Noluthando. Noluthando School is a special school situated in Site B of Khayelitsha, serving more than 360 learners with barriers to learning.
Previously the school only catered for Deaf learners, but with the need for skills training in the community they opened their doors for learners with various disabilities.
This school for disabled learners is truly a sanctuary within the harsh conditions of the townships but they are in desperate need of support.
On this occasion I was accompanied by a member of the South African Bible Society who was distributing educational books for 6 to 10 year olds.
The children’s smiling faces reflected the safe environment that the school and its staff are able to give them. Noluthando is a paradise of hope for these learners and I am inviting everyone who wants to, to join me on my next visit.