The Manenberg Aftercare Center ( was founded in 2010 by Rev. Wim Lindeque, who was the priest of the Catholic community in Manenberg, during the Football World Cup. Initially, only the issue of meals and care of school children from Manenberg was planned. It quickly became clear, however, that this alone was not sufficient. Many preschool and kindergarten children filled the rooms of the Catholic Church. After five years in operation, the project is now officially recognized as a non-profit organization and (tax-free) public benefit organization.

The Center is run by an honorary board and it employs 11 full-time employees, with Ricardo Cupido as manager. A social worker and a health employee, both of whom are funded by HOPE Cape Town, have a supporting function.

The number of children attending the Center has risen year by year; more than 200 children have registered. Thankfully, the project has its home in the Holy Family Catholic Church, Manenberg. The Center is open from Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to 5 pm.

It is a great pleasure to see how happy the children are, how much laughter, joy and fun the children share. There are music groups, dance groups, sports groups, assisted learning and much more.

Without support from state organizations, the project is dependent on financial support. Main sponsor last year were various Rotary clubs in Germany and Cape Town and the diocese of St. Gallen, Switzerland. We are very grateful to all our sponsors and appreciated every help.

If you want to give the children in Manenberg a smile, this can be done in the form of your generous donations.


Name:                              Aftercare Manenberg

Bank:                                Standard Bank

Branch Code:                 051 001

Account:                          242 918 379

Reference:                      Your name and Address

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Thank you very much!!

About us

The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.