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Renovating a building to make a home for those coming off drugs and out of gangs in Manenberg, one of Cape Town's most dangerous communities.
Pete Portal
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Cape Town
South Africa
5 Team Members

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The Manenberg House

Two people renovating a house in Manenberg, Cape Town, for those coming out of gangs and drugs.

We are Pete and Sarah Portal – two ordinary people with an exciting plan. We are part of a project called ‘Fusion, working to help gangsters and drug addicts find hope and healing, by offering an alternative community to be part of.

We have bought a house in Manenberg, an area of Cape Town that we love, but is known for gangs, violence and drugs. This campaign is to raise funds to renovate the house, inside and out, so that we can live in it together with friends of ours who need help getting out of gangs and off drugs. 

We want to contribute to the breaking down of social walls in Cape Town by cultivating family in a community that seems to have lost belief in itself, where addiction ravages lives and where gang wars are a regular occurrence. 

Since we started planning this campaign, we've had a bullet through our office window, many people have been shot and four have been killed in a Manenberg gang war.

The renovating of The Manenberg House will contribute to the bigger picture of Fusion’s daily intervention on the ground in Manenberg. Along with a daily program offering counseling, addiction step work, support groups and one on one mentoring, Fusion is opening a bakery in order to offer employment to ex-addicts and gangsters. But we need a safe place for them to sleep at night.

By giving to this campaign, you’re directly sowing into the vision of the only Manenberg-based NGO working specifically with its most dangerous demographic. It’s not far-fetched to say the success of this campaign could save lives.

Yes, we believe in top-down solutions. But we also believe in bottom-up initiatives. Margaret Mead (a Social Anthropologist) put it well when she said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has… Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.”

The Works

We have consulted a structural engineer, an architect, a plumber and a building contractor to help us settle on a realistic quote for renovations. 

The amount we need is GBP24,800.

Breaking it down

Where's the GBP24,800 going? The money will be spent as follows:

-  Make the house secure (walls, gates and burglar bars)

-  Re-do the roof

-  Overhaul guttering and drainage

-  Plaster and paint outside and inside walls

-  Put in four bathrooms and two kitchens

-  Replace flooring

-  Replace shoddy plumbing and put in two new geysers

-  Move and remove internal walls

-  Pave the yard

-  Construct a purpose-built 24/7 prayer room

-  Architect’s fees

We’ve got perks to suit everyone! From GBP2 to GBP6,000 – take your pick. Each perk has been designed with a specific goal in mind: to establish a heart connection between you and Manenberg.

Whatever we manage to raise will go directly into renovation costs. Of course we’d love to raise the full amount  - and if you help us exceed this, we’ll pump all additional funds into the daily running costs of Fusion.

New Ground

The fact is, this has never been done before in Manenberg - so by giving to our campaign, you'll be a valuable part of helping the pioneering Fusion team make more significant inroads into the lives of high risk youth. Prisons and criminal records wont change Manenberg - but we believe that a family of families pursuing healing and wholeness just might make a significant difference.

We've seen friends get clean from heroin and crystal meth, we've helped them find vocational and volunteering opportunities, and have even had some stay in our homes. But we've seen others relapse time and again. There's scope for much greater success, and we believe The Manenberg House is a significant step towards this.

Other Ways You Can Help

Whether you are able to give money or not, please SHARE SHARE SHARE this campaign far and wide!

 And if you're based in Cape Town, do get in touch - there are plenty of ways to help!

For further information you can contact us at:



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£24,800 GBP goal
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This campaign ended on March 31, 2014
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  • £2GBP

    Receive a thank you email

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £5GBP
    Writing on the Wall

    You can have your name forever etched on our donors' wall!

    77 claimed
  • £20GBP
    Writing, plus message

    You can have your name on the donors' wall, plus you can write a short message of support!

    43 claimed
  • £120GBP
    Signed Copy of 'The Number'

    'The Number' is an award-winning book by Jonny Steinberg, (a Professor of Criminology at Oxford University), about the life of a man growing up in the gangs of Manenberg. You'll get a personalised, signed copy! (And have your name on our donors' wall).

    7 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £200GBP
    Manenberg Coffee Table Book

    An A5, hard back coffee table book of beautiful images of Manenberg taken by a professional local photographer. (You'll also get your name on donors' wall).

    10 out of 30 claimed
  • £400GBP
    The Combo

    The limited edition poster, a signed copy of 'The Number', and the coffee table book. (Plus, your name on our donors' wall).

    6 out of 10 claimed
  • £1,000GBP
    Come and Stay

    A week's stay with us in The Manenberg House. Come and be part of our community life, meet Fusion and Manenberg, see the bakery, enjoy being shown round Cape Town. You just need to get yourself here!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • £6,000GBP
    Manenberg: Full Immersion

    Two lucky people can bag themselves the trip of a lifetime! We will pay for your flight to Cape Town, accommodation and food for a week at The Manenberg House. You can come live in community with us, get to know Fusion and Manenberg, and visit beautiful Cape Town beaches, vineyards etc.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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