Imizamo Yethu, is an informal settlement in the greater Hout Bay Valley area - Cape Town, South Africa. The 18 hectare settlement houses approximately 33 600 people with little or no infrastructure for sustainable living. The settlement has dismal water facilities; they have very few toilets and no sewerage system. The Disa River which runs through this settlement has the highest level of e-coli bacteria that has ever been recorded in South Africa.
Ikhaya le Themba offers holistic After School Care programs to primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. Ikhaya le Themba works to ensure that family units remain strong under the strain of illness and poverty and to support communities in caring for their orphaned and vulnerable children.
I wanted to help raise money and awareness for Ikhaya le Themba because I have personally seen and experienced the wonderful work they are doing. The race itself will be an amazing personal journey for me. To date I have lost nearly 12 kg in weight and run well over 1000 km in the past 4 months - those that know me will know running is not my 'chosen' sport! To share this journey with you and help raise much needed funds for those less fortunate than me makes my Marathon Des Sables journey even more worthwhile.
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