I am a Capetonian Series #3: Frank Mukendi

I am a CapeTonian is a collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town that celebrates migrants’ contributions to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Cape Town. By creating a space to hear a different story each month, we hope this series will enhance and challenge common perceptions of migration. Frank Mukendi... Continue Reading →

I am a Capetonian Series #2: Mavelous Bunu

I am a CapeTonian is a collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town that celebrates migrants’ contributions to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Cape Town. By creating a space to hear a different story each month, we hope this series will enhance and challenge common perceptions of migration. Mavelous Bunu... Continue Reading →

I am a Capetonian Series #1: Patrick Nzinga

I am a CapeTonian is a collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town that celebrates migrants’ contributions to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Cape Town. By creating a space to hear a different story each month, we hope this series will enhance and challenge common perceptions of migration. Patrick Nzinga,... Continue Reading →

A principal’s war against apathy

June 20 is World Refugee Day. We celebrate one of Cape Town’s school principals who is using the challenges of xenophobia to build momentum around creative learning. One school principal is using the challenges of xenophobia to fuel a programme countering her students’ apathy. When Mrs. Little started working at Vista High School, which accommodates... Continue Reading →

Pastoral Desk reopens at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town

Father Pablo Velasquez has reopened Scalabrini Centre’s Multi-faith Pastoral Desk, where migrants and refugees from all faiths and backgrounds, can seek spiritual discussion, guidance and support. Whilst the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town caters to many material needs of migrants and refugees – from documentation to employment access – the spiritual needs of clients are... Continue Reading →

Finding work in tricky spaces: Learning from the success of the Aftercare Programme

Staggeringly high unemployment and increasing migration rates have created an environment in South Africa in which xenophobic tendencies can easily dominate the benefits that migration can create. Sensitive to this context, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, an NGO promoting integration within the Western Cape, has developed a specialised project within its Employment Access Programme... Continue Reading →

Stories from Lawrence House #4: meeting Romina

Founded in 2005, Lawrence House is a registered Child and Youth Care Centre providing care and protection to unaccompanied foreign minors and refugee children. Romina Meneghetti is the senior child and youth care worker at Lawrence House. Which are the main challenges you face working in Lawrence House? Different children face different challenges. For younger... Continue Reading →

New intern profile – Krista Toivonen

My name is Krista and I am currently interning at the Employment Access Program at the Scalabrini Centre. I am originally from Finland but have spent the last eight years living in the UK working everywhere from coffee shops to the television industry. I am also one of the directors at the international social enterprise... Continue Reading →

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