19 08, 2019

Faith like [Sweet] Potatoes: Philisiwe Sithole’s Story

2019-08-19T16:56:41+02:00Aug 19th, 2019|

Married mother of two, Philisiwe Sithole, has big dreams for her gardening and recycling project at her home in Chesterville. “God gave me a passion for growing my own food,” she says. She and her family moved from Sherwood to Chesterville two years ago. Though challenged by limited space at her previous home, she explored container gardening using 2-litre plastic bottles and ‘grow bags’ to grow spinach and chillies. Now, Philisiwe makes use of cardboard materials such as [...]

12 08, 2019

Hope for the Future: Judith’s Story

2019-08-12T16:34:02+02:00Aug 12th, 2019|

Since joining CAST as a programme participant two years ago, 31-year-old Judith Abrams has made a valuable impact in giving back to her community as a volunteer for CAST’s Child Literacy and Youth Development programmes. Judith came to know CAST through a friend who worked at the Mariannridge CAST Community Centre assisting in the facilitation of programmes. She then signed up to participate in the Business Experience and Business Growth courses to learn how she could improve her [...]

8 10, 2018

Getting Down to Business: Lebohang’s Story

2018-10-08T12:55:21+02:00Oct 8th, 2018|

At just twenty-years-old, Lebohang Gaula is already a thriving businessman. It all began in August last year, when he spotted a CAST flyer at a local shop in KwaDabeka and jumped at the opportunity to join the business programme. Over the course of 3 months, he successfully completed the Business Experience Course and Business Growth Course. Using what he learnt, he set about starting his own business. Like many of the youth in his community, he faced [...]

16 05, 2014

Jupiter’s Hope

2018-08-30T16:25:36+02:00May 16th, 2014|

  Five years ago, Jupiter and his family fled to South Africa from the Congo. In his home country, Jupiter had worked as a teacher. However, as a refugee in Durban, Jupiter struggled to find work in the area of his passion, education. At first, Jupiter was able to attend the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Community Development, but when he struggled to renew his refugee status his studies were cut short. Out of necessity, Jupiter began buying [...]

29 11, 2013

Mlungisi The Barber

2018-08-31T11:16:07+02:00Nov 29th, 2013|

  Growing up in Lamontville in a two-room shack occupied by ten people, young Mlu had a dream to one day become a pilot. As a child, he had no idea this wouldn’t be that easy to attain but, as he grew older and watched his mother raise their family on a mere domestic worker’s salary, his dream started to seem impossible. It was only once he wasn’t able to complete his Matric and struggled to get a [...]

15 11, 2013

A Letter.

2018-08-31T12:24:47+02:00Nov 15th, 2013|

Here is a beautiful and inspiring letter from one of the entrepreneurs CAST has worked with: "My name is Annah Nxumalo. I live in Shongweni and support my daughter and five other children from relatives. I only had work one day per week and was struggling to provide for my family. A lady from Westville Baptist Church found work for me for another two days and helped me to start up a tuck shop. CAST sent me to [...]

1 10, 2013

Brighten Up Kwadabeka

2018-09-03T09:47:15+02:00Oct 1st, 2013|

  On Tuesday, the 24th September, 100 members of Westville Baptist Church along with 120 members of the Kwadabeka community, came together in a beautiful portrayal of Heritage Day. An initiative powered by CAST- a social outreach non-profit- and Westville Baptist, “Brighten up Kwadabeka” was a day aimed at painting, fixing, cleaning and repairing Sithokozile Secondary School, handing out food parcels and making home visits to the food parcel recipients of the community, and running a children’s programme [...]

5 09, 2013

Move Beyond Charity

2018-09-03T11:16:49+02:00Sep 5th, 2013|

Many of you may have seen our new slogan floating around the social media realms and wondered what the inspiration behind it is. "Move Beyond Charity" is our way of expressing what the core beliefs behind our organisation are. We believe that extreme poverty can end, that mindsets can be changed, and that love is a necessity. We believe that changing the world requires more than just a handout, more than just charity; it requires action.... it requires [...]

16 07, 2013

Transforming A City.

2013-07-16T07:21:24+02:00Jul 16th, 2013|

“The Street Ministry can be challenging and even distressing at times but victories like Mary’s* make it all so worthwhile knowing that God is omnipresent in our endeavors and is busy changing lives for the better and giving His people hope and a future”. When the team met Mary at The Nest shelter in Durban Central, she was in a bad way. Suffering from epilepsy and on constant medication, she came across very judgmental and self-centered. She had [...]

4 07, 2013

The Love of a Child

2018-09-04T10:19:15+02:00Jul 4th, 2013|

Imagine walking into a school and having the most beautiful children in Durban come running towards you and jumping into your arms even though they have never met you before in their life. Well, that’s exactly what Addington Primary Holiday Club is like. Within mere minutes you will have one or two children adopting you for the week: wanting to play catches with you; giving you an endless supply of hugs; playing with your hair; sitting on your [...]