Old Age Home, Langa's elderly home

In the middle of a shack area in Langa, stands this little u-formed building that gives shelter to the elderly of Langa. It's build on around 300 square meters and offers place to 12 people. The facilities are less than minimum and all in extremely poor conditions. But the old ones look pretty happy and serene here. There is a old tiny gate around the building and a guard in front of the gate that seems to be living there aswell in this little shack with only a bed and his little belongings in it.

Our students Simo en Vukile chose this place, called Old Age Home, as a Langa story for their commercial I AMassignment; a short movie for KLM.

Nojuju, 58 years old. Unemployed but voluntering at Age Home Home.

Nojuju, 58 years old. Unemployed but voluntering at Age Home Home.

There is no money to hire workers at this elderly home. But luckily there is Nojuju (58). Every day she comes and cooks for the resident assignees. She makes the meals with the expired date food she gets from a little shop around the corner. And Pick and Pay once gave them this "very vintage" stoves. Today's menu: Pap (cooked white corn flour) and chicken stove. It smells good.
Today one of her children and her two best friends have holidays and help her out a little, by bringing the food around. The real ubuntu philosophy is all around us here in Langa. Meaning humanity to others. A person is a person through other persons.

Lucille, 73 years old and living in Old Age Home

Lucille, 73 years old and living in Old Age Home

Meet Lucille, 73 years old and living in the elderly home. She has been living on the streets of Cape Town for 13 years until a friend introduced her to Langa. She was able to buy a shack for 900 rand and has been living in it with her husband for years. Since her husband died one year ago, she moved into the elderly home as she could not longer take care of herself anymore.
She's happy here she says. Lucillle shares a little livingroom, a bedroom and a toilet with another lady. And as she quotes "The only thing we need here is a television for some entertainment. We get enought love. You know when people give you love, it's more important than a thousand rand."
We totaly agree to that. Spread the love! But ofcourse for a television you do need some money..
We promissed her to try really hard to come back next year with a television and make the old ones a bit more comfy in this elderly home in Langa.

Want to help get this television for Lucille and the other old people, living in Old Age Home? She and we would love you for that! Click here to donate.

The sheep's head lady

Meet the lady who sits on the side of a road in Langa, preparing sheep's head. This is the local delicacy known as a ‘smiley’. The cheek of a sheep is tender meat. The eyes and the brain are removed and put into a sort of stew. They say that if you eat the eyes, you will have good eye sight, and if you eat the ears, you will have better hearing. The sheep’s head is one of the cheaper parts of the animal that you can buy from the local butchery. The sheep’s heads are bought from the butchery, and then left out in the sun to dry for the morning until early afternoon before preparing it on the fire. You can buy a full sheep’s head for around R50 (3€).

GRATITUDE

Since the launch of project I.AM. We have received so many positive reactions from people all over the world that we think it is time to give a proper thank you! We are so grateful for all the support we have gotten so far. This means the world to our township students.

It is amazing to see that project I.AM. can motivate so many of you to give support. Whether it is by donating a camera, laptop, or giving financial support. Thanks to your support we are at the start of making a positive difference in the lives of young ambitious township teenagers. 

So please keep up your support and make your donations so I.AM. can help as many kids as possible. Check out our DONATE websitepage to see how you can help.

Follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter an stay updated on Project I.AM. Thank you! Much love, Miriam & Anne.

Welcome!

I.AM. has been working hard on the new website and our promotional video and we are very happy and proud we can share it with you now for the first time. With the help of many volunteers we are finally able to tell the world all about our volunteer project which launches March 2015 in Langa, the oldest township of Capetown. 

I.AM. can use all your help to make this project reality. Every little bit helps so please support us in any way possible by making a donation, please check out our page JOIN I.AM. to see how you can support I.AM. 

Our township students are very eager to learn new skills and follow their dreams. Our Dutch team of filmexperts are all ready for takeoff to kickstart Project I.AM. this March 2015 and share there knowledge with these kids. 

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Thank you! Much love, Anne & Miriam