South Africa, Cape Town
South Africa is one of the richest countries in Africa, with a stable economy and well-established industry. At the same time the country is characterized by extreme inequality; while a small, predominantly white upper class still leads a life of prosperity, a large proportion of the population lives in absolute poverty. Even many years after the end of the apartheid regime in 1994 the consequences are still widely felt. The displacement and forced resettlement of black and coloured South Africans to the so-called townships during the apartheid regime led to a separation of the population, which in fact still exists today.
Life in the townships is characterized by lack of perspectives, poor educational opportunities and high unemployment. In addition, an ever-increasing HIV/AIDS rate, and inadequate medical treatment increases weakness and insecurity of the population. Social inequality and isolation, as well as capability deprivation lead to violent radicalisation and crime. In addition to this, many young people experience abuse and violence at an early age.
The objective of our involvement in South Africa is to reach out to these young people. Through workshops, skateboard courses and leisure activities youths are involved in a community, often for the first time in their lives. They experience and practice a social interaction and are shown new perspectives for their future. This way, we offer them alternatives to violence and crime.