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Ithemba Labantu

One of our stops in Cape Town was at Ithemba Labantu (Hope for the people), a community center run by the Lutheran church. It follows the same concept as the Boys and Girls club but has services for adults too. It provides a place for school kids to hang out after school. People from the community can learn various skills there including machine shop skills (welding, panel beating, etc) and solar panel installation. It also boasts a computer lab with Windows 7 and MS Office 2010 loaded on all the computers. A gym, clinic and playground are also on the grounds.

        We went to Ithemba Labantu to get the gorgeous ceramic zebra mugs in the picture. There is a pottery shop there where these mugs are hand-made and hand-painted. Usually the mugs are made to fill orders only. Fortunately for us, our guide Thamba is friends with the sculptor and was able to persuade him to sell some to us. Click here to buy the zebra mugs.

Kids at play after school


Mugs are hand-painted

Finished mugs

Finished mugs


about the author

I have been fortunate enough to live in different countries in Africa, and I take every opportunity to visit more. The countries I have been to include Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. Cultures are unique in each country and I love the artwork in each country. Of course I love my continent too and I try to educate others about it through art.

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