Local NGO Dreamworker lends a hand to help fight job crisis

A Cape Town NGO is helping the poor and unemployed persevere.

The Dreamworker organisation started in 2008 through a small job creation project in Hout Bay.

Since then it has grown to incorporate offices in two provinces and has generated over R350 million in wages for the previously unemployed.

Dreamworker co-founder Tania Bownes says she and her husband wanted to make a difference in the country by helping with the job crisis.

The organisation of just 10 people has engaged with 21 000 people to date, Bownes explains.

Dreamworker operates on a model similar to a recruitment agency, except their services are free and the NGO is donation-driven.

We do a phenomenal amount of work. Each one of those people has a one-on-one interview to see what we can do for them. Perhaps it's to help with their CV, to give them hope, a hug or encouragement not to give up.

Tania Bownes, Dreamworker co-founder

Bownes explains that domestic workers, gardeners, drivers and security guards have all been employed through their database and network.

The initiative's Link of Love programme calls for public donations to help make a difference for families and schools.

R100 buys one's days worth of work for an unemployed person (often parent) and R300 affords a child a basic stationery pack at a community school.

Gift Ngubani, Principal of Gateway Primary School, talks about the difference that 'Link of Love' has made in their school.

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