"I’m not some cheap useless thing that you bought when you feel happy and toss away when you think about why you had me in the first place. I have blood in my veins that pumps through my heart. I have feelings too. Not just some empty box reused for so many times but gets dumped into the trash anyway. I’m human and God made me for a reason. I won’t let you stand in my way to spit on my face and restrain me from doing what I was made for. Who are you anyway? Don’t forget that I’ve put up with you for so many times and that’s a part of the reason why we’re still here today. I can take your punches. But, every now and then, I don’t think it’s worth it to have someone I care about hurting me in any way. Is that what you call love or friendship or family?"
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.
Illustration & Animation: Richard Bolland
Filming, Editing and VFX: Jake Waldron
Voice Over Recording: Simon Van Wyk
Sound Effects: Richard Bolland & Jake Waldron