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.ENQUIRE
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.ENQUIRE
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!ENQUIRE
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.ENQUIRE
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!ENQUIRE