Heart for Children sponsors two families in Vrygrond. The two foster mothers gave their homes the beautiful names 'New Horizons' and 'New Beginnings'. They are extremely proud of the small and big successes that 'their' children achieve.
In March 2009 the construction of two houses started. In July 2009, the two houses were completed. Vrygrond is located 20 km from the centre of Cape Town and is the oldest slum in this area, a socially and economically deprived community of about 10,000 people. Vrygrond was created by fishermen who built houses on the beach of iron corrugated iron, wood and cardboard boxes.
The people who live there now do not have a regular job for the most part. They have no electricity, no water from the tap, no sewers, etc. There are 21 public water points and once a week the municipality will empty the toilet bins.
Since 1996, 1600 stone houses have been built, a library and a crèche with about 180 children divided into 6 groups. The children get two meals a day and usually that is the only thing they get. The crèche receives a subsidy that covers a fourth part of the costs. Vrygrond has only been sponsored by donors since January 2008. A school with 12 classrooms for 360 children, ages 6 and 11. Two houses have now been built near this school and crèche.
The number of unskilled is very high and many adults are unable to care for themselves or their families. The worries and health problems are accumulating, especially because too many people live in one house. With a house, we often mean the so-called 'informal settlements' houses. Houses, which are made of corrugated sheets and boxes.