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The HOUT BAY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (HBCCA) has been established on the 3rd March 1994 as a Christian and charitable institution of a public character, with the object of assisting the Hout Bay community (in particular the residents of Imizamo Yethu) to worship God, as Jesus has commanded in the Bible, and to improve its quality of life through alleviating any deprived circumstances including unemployment, lack of skills, and poverty.
IZIKO LOBOMI - CENTRE OF LIFE
During the days and evenings Iziko Lobomi is a true Centre of Life and a hub for various community related activities. The key activities at Iziko Lobomi are the following:
Training in various skills takes place at the Centre on an ongoing basis. Over the years adult men and women, young and old, have been trained in valuable skills such as sewing, fabric painting, beading work, cooking, pottery, computer literacy, leatherwork, woodwork, mosaic and food gardening.
Men and woman also have the opportunity to earn incomes from their newly acquired skills by selling their goods to residents of the community and visitors to the Centre. They come to the Centre everyday and make use of the facilities (at a small charge from the HBCCA to cover electricity and wear and tear on equipment).
There are currently several groups which are very active and successful. Among them are the sewing group, a very active mosaic workshop ( www.mandelaparkmosaics.co.za ) and a computer training room which caters for scholars and adults. ( www.tebocomputers.co.za )
The kitchen plays a very important role in the daily activities of the Centre. Manned by a loyal and hard-working team of volunteers, the kitchen-team prepare large amounts of food daily for elderly, sick, disabled and homeless people of the Imizamo Yethu community. From time to time, food is also prepared for outside groups on contract.
The HBCCA represents approximately 15 different Christian denominations, which make use of the facilities seven days a week. Churches book times for church services, weddings, funerals, rallies, normal meetings, Bible classes and choir training.
Iziko Lobomi is currently the only venue in Imizamo Yethu available for formal community meetings. These meetings are of a non-political nature and are used to celebrate special days, receive important visitors and to act as venue where the local and governmental bodies can convey important information to the community. Iziko Lobomi is also used as a poling station during national and local elections as well as a disaster relief base in times of crisis such as flooding or fires.
Iziko Lobomi is the spiritual heart of Imizamo Yethu and a place of refuge for many in need. Members of many different denominations work together in teams to reach out to the community of Imizamo Yethu. Outreaches take the form of combined evangelistic rallies comprising of special evangelistic services, literature and Bible distribution and film shows. The Jesus-film is shown annually over Easter and every fortnight Youth Outreach-evenings are held for children of ages 3 – 13. This outreach has been active for more than six years and attended by an average of 150 children. Weekend and holiday camps for high school children are also organised in conjunction with the Christian Police Association, which are held at the Apostle Battery campsite near Llandudno.
On a daily basis members of the Iziko Lobomi staff assist men and woman coming to the Centre for help. Guidance, advice, prayer and other forms of assistance such as transport to a loved one in hospital or an application for a disability grant are ongoing activities which make Iziko Lobomi such a vital place for people in need.
Imizamo Yethu originally started off as an informal settlement comprising mainly of homes built with highly flammable materials such as wood, hardboard and plastic sheeting for waterproofing. Many households used paraffin as a cooking and lighting fuel, which was and still is the major cause of homes lost to fire due to accidents. In strong winds, these accidents often had devastating results to neighbouring homes and often burnt down entire sections of the settlement.
Severe winter storms with high winds and heavy rains often cause flooding and damage to homes causing much inconvenience to residents and damage to their homes and property.
Over the years the HBCCA had, through its office at Iziko Lobomi, provided assistance to disaster relief organisations such as the local government and The Red Cross. In many disasters Iziko Lobomi was used as base for people to come for shelter or to report damage to homes. Material assistance is often given in the form of food, clothing or plastic to cover up damaged roofs.
ADULT & INFANT HEALTH CARE
A team of dedicated women keep a caring eye on adult men and women not able to care for themselves but not sick enough to be hospitalised. Facilities have been provided at Iziko Lobomi to accommodate approximately six adults to act as an in-house respite centre.
Regular information sessions are arranged with local health authorities to inform the community on issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malnutrition, sexuality and related diseases, etc. etc.
Pregnant women are assisted during their time of pregnancy with appropriate training and advice. Contact is continued after delivery ensuring mothers are comfortable in caring for their newborn babies.
HOUT BAY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Hout Bay, Cape Town