Ambassador Farnaud and Consul General d’Argoeuves visited Ikamva Labantu projects
On Thursday 20 April 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Christophe Farnaud, and Consul General of France in Cape Townn Mr. Xavier d’Argoeuves, visited community-based projects in Gugulethu and New Crossroads townships near Cape Town with Mrs. Helen Lieberman, founder of Ikamva Labantu, who last night received the Officier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.
Ambassador Farnaud and Consul General d’Argoeuves visited Lehlohonolo crèche run by the community of Europa, in one of the poorest parts of Gugulethu. The Lehlohonolo crèche is one of 400 creches in the Cape Flats, supported by Ikamva Labantu, the community-based non-profit organisation founded in 1963 by Mrs. Lieberman.
The fireproof Lehlohonolo crèche accommodates more than 100 children aged between two and four years old every day from 6am to 6pm. Teachers and community workers are trained and supported by Ikamva Labantu.
Ambassador Farnaud and Consul General d’Argoeuves also visited Nolathando Senior Club founded in 1988, in New Crossroads township, near Langa.
During the visit, senior citizens had the opportunity to express their gratitude towards Ikamva Labantu, explaining to Ambassador Farnaud and Consul General d’Argoeuves the huge positive impact that the club has on their lives. One of the care workers of the organsiation spoke about the Umelwane programme, aimed at providing companionship to vulnerable seniors who are unable to visit the club.
The Embassy of France and the Consulate General of France in Cape Town supports the seniors programme of Ikamva Labantu , reaching more than 200 people.