The Förderverein Khayelitsha mourns the loss of its honorary chairwoman Meta Rentzsch.

In 1989 Meta Rentzsch founded the Förderverein to improve living conditions in the slums in  Cape Town.
Her trigger was the encounter with Mother Theresa on the flight to her daughter, who has lived in South Africa for 47 years.
Meta’s life was shaped by two important topics that she always pursued: Peace and Social Justice!
Her involvement in social democracy speaks in favor of improving the living conditions for children, young people and women in Khayelitsha, as her heartfelt concern!
Meta Rentzsch and her Förderverein have ensured that the construction of various social institutions has resulted in sustainable improvements in the lives of the local population. With the help of her daughter Hiltraud, who lives in South Africa, she worked tirelessly on it into old age.
With Meta Rentzsch, the Förderverein has lost a good-hearted, committed fighter for peace and social justice.
With the continuation of the Förderverein Khayelitsha 1989 e.V. Haltern am See, we will gratefully remember Meta Rentzsch

Warm Welcome!

“Many little people in many little places
can make many little steps
and they can change the world”

On this website we want to inform you about the work of the Förderverein Khayelitsha 1989 e.V. Haltern am See.

We provide infrastructure for local non-profit organisations in different townships around Cape Town since 1989. We construct buildings on their properties and with this we help them to run their projects.


In view of the Corona crisis, hunger relief is currently the focus of our activities.

The circumstances in the townships are poverty stricken. The shacks are constructed poorly and not fire restistant. Many people have to share a simple toilet. The population is growing every day.

Some women take responsiblity for children in containers and shacks. With this efforts under those circumstances they serve as an inspiration to all of us. To support them and their great work we build kindergarten’s, pre-school’s and community center’s for the children of Khayelitsha!

We are observing their projects for sustainability and once they meet certain criteria we start planning and constructing.

Our motto is and has always been: Help to Self-help!

Project Khumbulani opened in 2016