Ubomi Obutsha is situated
on Salamntu Street, KwaZakhele Township, Port Elizabeth. The
project is surrounded by poverty stricken communities of
Besuthwini, Khiwane, Masakhane, Hlalani, Yizoyizo, Tozamamani, and
Moscow all of which are communities of the townships KwaZakhele,
Zwide and Soweto On the Sea which incorporate 25000 to 30000
individuals. These areas were settled with Xhosa's and Sotho's
during the forced removals campaign of the Group Areas Act, of the
former Apartheid regime, in 1957.
In general members of these communities have low education
levels and the unemployment rate is at 75%. Unable to support
themselves, the majority of inhabitants rely on various government
grants for their livelihood and many of these people then still
need to rely on the assistance of others to survive.
The largest problems experienced in this area that need to
be addressed are:
- A poor living environment
- Poor education levels
- Debilitating and life threatening diseases such as
HIV/Aids and TB
- Gross neglect of healthy childhood development
- Substance and alcohol abuse, child abuse,
Ubomi offers a variety of vital services, including food parcel
distribution and a soup kitchen.
Food Gardens: As a result of the good harvests
from the food garden Ubomi has been able to add nutritious value to
the soup kitchen and food parcels, this has been especially the
case when donations of food are low.