Ilizwe Lam (My Voice)

During 2014, Nika Soon-Shiong from Stanford University spent 3 months volunteering at Etafeni Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme (FLFW).  On her return to Stanford, she raised funds for a photographic project for youth attending this Programme.  Nika provided cameras and tutored the students on photography.  The Project Ilizwe Lam (My Voice) culminated in a public exhibition at the Cape Town Central Library on the 16th August 2014. The exhibition featured the photographs of the students who spent up to four weeks capturing aspects of their community.   Photographs were themed to represent barriers to employment or sources of inspiration.

FLFW is one of 14 programmes offered at Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust in Nyanga.  A life- and work-skills programme for matriculated, unemployed youth between the ages of 18 – 25, the Programme impacts on approximately 250 young people per year, 60% of whom are women and provides entry-level work opportunities, learnership and internship opportunities and has a high placement rate.