bellville south: is a northern suburb of Cape Town. Our community is a small residential area in an industrial zone at the edge of the Cape wine lands. Nearby factories produce paper, food products, bricks, tiles, and fertilizers. Bellville South also houses the largest railroad yard in the Cape Provinces. Our sister city to the north, Bellville, is notable in the local South African music scene and is the home of the University of the Western Cape.
Most of our community's roughly 30,000 inhabitants are Coloured (with Afrikans as the predominant language), along with a relatively small number of migrant populations from places including Somalia, Ethiopia, Bengali and the Congo.
Due to limited land space, the community has a mixture of middle-class freestanding houses, lower-income freestanding homes and council flats – often with 4 informal dwellings/shacks in each yard – as well as in the yards of private homes.
Building Bridges provides the only free after-school program in Bellville South.
our youth: have a tremendous amount to teach the world and they have done a great deal to improve their communities in our young democracy. They have familiarity with public health challenges, social reconciliation, entrepreneurship, music, art, sports, and so much more. They are the future of our nation, which gives us a great deal of pride.
We also know our young people are hurting. The extreme nature of poverty in our community, along with the trauma of Apartheid, has had a bruising effect on our youth. Many of our young people are head-of-home with parents lost to illness or substance abuse. Substitute “family” can often be found in gangs. Unemployment is high and racial prejudice is still present. Building Bridges is unwaveringly committed to replacing hopelessness with hope, happiness, and triumph. We need the support of loving folks like you to do this work.