Context: Some of Cape Town’s townships have grinding levels of poverty that can trap youth. For example, in Nyanga Township where Etafeni Trust works, 72% of adults (over 18) are unemployed and HIV prevalence is 29%. The unemployment levels in nearby Vrygrond are even higher, with long lines of men waiting on the side of the road for work each morning and many young women resorting to prostitution to earn income.
Organization: Etafeni Trust has two multi-purpose centers in Nyanga and Vrygrond offering a variety of programs to improve health, wellbeing, and livelihoods including: care for AIDS-affected and other vulnerable children, income generation for HIV+ women, voluntary counseling/testing and TB screening, nutrition, rehabilitation and counseling and social work.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 6th grant to Etafeni will continue to support its Fit for Life, Fit for Work (FLFW) program as well as the Junior program for secondary school students that was developed with our support. Etafeni will also expand its program to deliver two FLFW courses per year to areas of Khayelitsha and Mfulani where youth have no access to similar services. In the next two years, Etafeni will reach a total of 320 unemployed youth and 75 students.