Community Projects

Bursary Scheme

By donat­ing your key deposit you con­tribute to our Bur­sary Fund, which is cur­rently allows our staff to access this fund for their own stud­ies or their children/​grandchildren.  Presently we have two chil­dren, Michaela and Hay­ley, at a Pri­vate Maths School; Sheila’s daugther Patri­cia is attend­ing Pri­vate Singing Tuition; Khanyi in Housekeeping has com­pleted an office and com­puter course; Sheila is learn­ing to read and write with a pri­vate tutor at home; Portia has completed two baking courses and Masixole from the Rope Skipping has obtained his drivers license.  We are so proud of our staff and their kids and thank you to all our guests have made this pos­si­ble.  This Bur­sary Fund is acces­si­ble to all our staff and is transparent.

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The Backpack Community project

The Rope Skipping Project

Even though there are some girls kick­ing the foot­ball with Mario, to cater for girls an extra activ­ity was added to the project — jump rope! This is a new sport craze sweep­ing over the youth of Cape Town. The Back­pack has spon­sored 12 girls who have made it into our Provin­cial Team. Sbu the coach has been an inspi­ra­tion to the girls attend­ing this pro­gram. He him­self is a world champion.

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The Backpack Rope Skipping

The Soccer Project

In an area of Cape Town noto­ri­ous for gang­sters, drug- and alcohol-​related prob­lems, one local — Mario van Niek­erk — began a soc­cer pro­gram designed to keep kids off the streets and in school. Mario’s GCU Acad­emy was born. In 2007, we met up with Mario and intro­duced an after-​school home­work, tutor­ing, and life skills pro­gram; in a neigh­bour­hood where lit­er­acy is 24% and the aver­age child drops out of school at 12 years old. Together with our guests, we have donated over R500 000.00!

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The Backpack GCU Academy

Val­lies Stitch and Bitch Program

With the Val­lies Stitch and Bitch Pro­gram, we have col­lec­tively knit­ted over one hun­dred blan­kets for AIDS orphans at Baphumelele Crèche in Khayelitscha Town­ship. We have old age homes con­tribut­ing to this project with their fan­tas­tic knit­ting skills. If you can knit plain, come along, relax in the lounge or bar at The Back­pack, and knit a square or two! If you can’t knit but would like to con­tribute to keep­ing the lit­tle ones snug, we gladly accept dona­tions of wool.

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The Backpack Knitting

Thank you for choos­ing to make a difference

Been trav­el­ing a while and got a pile of unwanted clothes in your back­pack? Donate them at recep­tion and we’ll sell them on your behalf, with the pro­ceeds going to The Soc­cer and Jump Rope Project.

Whether it’s your time, your money, or both, you can be guar­an­teed the sat­is­fac­tion and ful­fill­ment of help­ing out chil­dren and peo­ple in need! By under­stand­ing, address­ing and help­ing the social needs of the eco­nom­i­cally and socially dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties of South Africa, we are able to work towards a just soci­ety in which all peo­ple get to share in the wealth of the coun­try.

Choose to make a difference!

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