Atlantis Dream Team NPO
The Atlantis Dream Team was established to uplift the Atlantis community through creating sustainable jobs and the provision of services that address the economic and social needs of the community. One of the pressing social needs of Atlantis is the very real need for decent nutrition. The Dream Team assists in this regard at present through a soup kitchen – but there are many more projects in the pipeline.
The project commenced in 2002, operating out of Maggies Vass’ garage, when she started feeding 30 people, mostly children. Today she feeds 300 people, five times a week. While this sounds like a large number the reality is that she needs to turn many people away each time as the food runs out. And for many this is the only meal they get for the day.
Our philosophy is as follows:
- To acknowledge and respect the basic human rights of the people;
- To maintain the integrity of the community;
- To acknowledge and support reconstruction and development programmes; and
- Empowerment of people.
The Next Phase
The next phase of the Atlantis Dream Team is the construction and operation of a crèche and youth centre. There is a large tract of open land across the road from the Atlantis Dream Team, which Maggie and her team maintain, that is owned by the Cape Town City Council.
An agreement has been reached with the Council to purchase the land at a nominal fee. Now that the option to purchase land has been secured the next step is to raise the capital to purchase the land and build the crèche and youth centre. These are desperately need facilities as getting the children off the streets is the first step towards eradicating gangsterism and affording the youth access to early childhood development programmes