Our Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu is a community centre that is home to an afterschool programme, a preschool and a senior club. This vibrant hub of activity is a safe space where over 300 vulnerable children, youth and elderly can access care, food and enrichment every day.
The Rainbow Centre was established in the 80s, during the height of apartheid and at a time when places of refuge in Gugulethu were few and far between. Though much has changed since then, the centre still serves as a light in a community surrounded by poverty and violence.
“The centre is helpful because it keeps the children away from the social ills and safe from kidnapping. We also host community meetings and they respect it as they see the value it adds to their children’s lives.”
A Mandela Day Makeover
After more than 30 years under the sun, our Rainbow Centre is looking a little weather-beaten. This Mandela Day, we are inviting you to help us give it a face-lift. Together, we can transform the space into a bright, fun environment for our preschool kids, schoolchildren and seniors.
“I come to Rainbow because I like being educated and playing games. I also got my school uniform and glasses when my eyesight started deteriorating. I keep coming because I need assistance with homework and I’m part of the dance group.”
From 10am on 18 July, we will be picking up paintbrushes and shovels and getting our hands dirty to give the Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu a much-needed makeover.
We’ll supply all the materials – we just need your hands!
Join us for 67 minutes (or more!) and help us bring the colour back to our Rainbow Centre.
To RSVP or for more information, contact us below or phone us on 021 461 8338.
Can’t make it? Make a Mandela Day Donation instead.
We will also be collecting donations of winter goodies to keep our children and seniors warm through the chilly months ahead. If you have any woolies, warm clothes or canned foods to donate, please drop them off at our Head Office in Woodstock on July 18. You can find us here.
You can also support this cause with an online donation here.
“When we arrive in the mornings we play card games, bingo and puzzles. We get to interact with others, unwind, get fed and take leftovers home to our grandchildren. We also share stories and advice.”