Every Sunday our Ubomi leaders meet at Khosi and Thomas place in Khayelitsha. Over a cup of tea, Ubomi topics and personal concerns are discussed and we also chat about all kinds of things.

This Sunday it happened spontaneously that we drove to Camps Bay together – the beach of the “Rich and Beautiful” in Cape Town, about 35 kilometres away from Khayelitsha.

It was only during the drive there that I realized that none of our leaders had ever set foot outside the Township. Unimaginable for me, who drives into the city every day for work. So I spontaneously decided to have a little sightseeing tour. After a visit to Signal Hill and a detour into downtown Cape Town, we headed down to Camps Bay via Kloof Neck.

Already during the ride the mood was very exuberant. We sang and “danced” in my old Benz and could compete with any disco taxi! On the beach, after a first careful check of the water, there was no stopping us. With all clothes on, we raved, sang and danced in the waves. It was only with great difficulty that we got the six of them back into the car after half an hour.


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The hunger was so big that we made a detour to a popular take-away on the way home. Chewing fries and chicken, happy and accompanied by a beautiful sunset, we comfortably cruised back home to Khayelitsha. “It was the most beautiful day in my life,” said leader Nikita. After the spontaneous excursion to Camps Bay, excursions to the surrounding area shall be an integral part of the teamer program in the future. It would be great to have a bicycle for each leader so that we can become independent of cars or shared taxis and expand our horizons on our own. That is our dream!

Tommi Meisterknecht

The Ubomi Leaders

Our leaders are 11- to 14-year-old boys and girls, who support Ma Miriam – our cook – and Othwa – our teacher. Two of them are always there to support the team. They eat with the little ones, play with them and help them with their homework. Like everyone at Ubomi, they come from the community around Tiger Street. Ubomi supports the girls with workshops on life skills and leadership.


We want a peaceful life and better future for our Ubomi children. We believe in this vision. „It always seems impossible until it’s done“. This quote from Nelson Mandela was our motto when we planned and finally opened our first Ubomi house back in 2016. Please continue to help us realize our vision and enable the children, who so deeply deserve it, to have a life worth living.