The Bitou area, situated along the Garden Route in the Western Cape, is perceived to be fabulously wealthy, but in reality, there is a huge disparity between wealthy and the impoverished.
Tens of thousands of people struggle in abject poverty, and most families live in townships in small 2 -3 roomed homes. These are often overcrowded with up to 10 people sharing a small room. Social conditions are impacted by unemployment levels exceeding 30%, combined with a historic abuse of alcohol. The children are exposed to alcohol at a very young age and are therefore at a high risk of dropping out of school and being involved in crime. Born in Africa works mainly in Afrikaans speaking coloured communities who have been marginalised over time, battling to find their identity.