The informal settlement of Itipini is a community that faces major challenges on a daily basis. The men, women, and children of Sowetho (Itipini) reside in extremely sub-standard housing, located in an environment that provides little, to no human services.
AIAIA established a relationship with this community a number of years ago, at a time in which they were actually living in a public garbage dump.
In 2012, the local government forced the community from their shacks and eliminated the only services that were available at that time, a small clinic and a day care.
A small remnant of the community were relocated to the current 19 units government housing, where 200 people live in 38 units (two families per unit) directly beneath a power grid.
High unemployment, crime, insufficient food, lack of sanitation and water are a daily way of life for the former residents of the informal township of Sowetho.
Project: Arm In Arm In Africa has committed to a quarterly distribution of 60 family food parcels along with a daily hot meal served on site.
Area: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Assistance: Food and education
Local Impact: All food for these two programs is purchased in South Africa, in turn, benefiting the local economy.