Welcome to Paradise

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Khayelitsha is an informal township in the Western Cape, South Africa, located on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

It has a view with Table Mountain in the background that you don’t regularly see in postcards.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

The name is Xhosa for New Home and it is reputed to be the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

This school for disabled learners is truly a sanctuary within the harsh conditions of the townships but they are in desperate need of support.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

Visit to Noluthando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

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.

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About I AM Photography

Born in sunny South Africa I am an adventure seeker with a taste for beauty and good pictures. I have been in the industry for a couple of years now and learned my tricks from the best. www.iamfotografie.com

One response to “Welcome to Paradise”

  1. SHADLEY FATAAR says :

    I like the photo of Khayelitsha wit TM in background.

    I am busy writing a book and need a copy of similar photo for the front cover.
    Would I be able to use this photo or any other similar shot for my book?
    The photo would be acknowledged to you.
    The book is a thriller set in Cape Town in 1976.

    Regards

    SHADLEY FATAAR

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