Tucked away in the Cape Flats, in an area called Belhar, is Higher Faith Development Organisation (HFDO). The NPO, which was registered in 2009, was founded by Joanne Pypers as a life skills project that would help alleviate unemployment in the community.
Speaking to Taxi Focus, Christoffel Maneville says: “We teach pattern making, sewing, beading, and craft. We also have a soup kitchen and also a music room where I teach our children how to read music and also how to play instruments. The age group is 6 to 16 years old.”
In the HFDO music room you will find instruments such as guitars, bass guitars, drums and saxophones. Music classes run from Monday to Thursday, while pattern making, crafts, sewing and beading classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“It is always good to see progress. When the kids started they couldn’t read music but some of them could play. They also never got a chance to get exposure, so I take them with me when I go out and play. They’ve never played in a crowd on their own but they did when we had our first song and music evening in July.” says Christoffel.
Christoffel believes that more can be done by the community of Belhar to lend a helping hand in initiatives like HFDO. Currently, there are only 6 staff members at their organization.
“In our community we face different challenges. Gangsterism, drug abuse and unemployment. People in our community do not see the bigger picture and unfortunately, they do not want to volunteer so the 6 of us push through. The struggle is real, we currently have more people at our feeding scheme than at our skills classes. We invite them but they don’t come. But because of our passion we do our best to deliver and give our time and energy to the people.” he adds.
Despite these challenges, HFDO has been successful in hosting events aimed at inspiring the youth; in order to keep the dream alive.
“Our June 16 Youth day this year was one event to treasure, because our kids were inspired. We also had our fundraiser concert which we named music and song evening. Everyday is a success story.” Christoffel says.
HFDO is set to host an exhibition on the 6th of October where artwork produced during their respective classes will be on display and up for purchase.
“We are going to have the event at the the Belhar Minor Hall. This is one of the ways we want our people to make an income. We urge people in business, specifically in design, to come out and motivate our people. We also have other events in place, like our early Christmas lunch for the disabled in November.” Christoffel concludes.
Contact HFDO on +27 65 331 6960, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures: HFDO Facebook page