Whilst visiting hosts in South Africa we were invited to visit the Lucy G craft cafe an interesting host project that has set up a community cafe to support train and give work to young adults with disabilities.
We were introduced to Gina an enthusiastic Workawayer who had been staying and helping set up and train some of the local staff. She enthusiastically introduced to Diana the founder and director as well as some of the other local volunteers.
The cafe is becoming a functioning community project. Staff are trained and encouraged to take an active role in the cafe which as well as serving food to customers, runs development courses in art and craft projects. Each member of staff is paid a wage enabling them to contribute and become a fully functional member of the community. Workawayers have helped by building some of the interior of the cafe, helping with the art and craft projects and designing processes to help to help staff with ongoing duties they are asked to perform.
The Workaway foundation is helping by providing salaries for staff with the hope that in the future the project will be able to become fully self sustainable and expand to other areas of the city and across South Africa.