A DEPRIVED African community where families live in overcrowded shacks and half the people are HIV positive is being given hope for a brighter future thanks to a South Lakes charity.

The Thandi Friends Project was founded by Alan and Chris Clowes and friends to help disadvantaged people in the Grabouw area of the Western Cape.

The aim was to create opportunties to alleviate poverty and empower the community through education, developing skills, food aid and medical resources.

Other needs of the Grabouw people are also being addressed – and on their latest trip, Alan and Chris, who run the Cross Keys at Cautley, drove hundreds of miles to deliver a supply of sports gear to a small village school.

Alan said: “It is difficult to express our feelingsas we unloaded the Land Rover and kids tried on football and rugby shirts and sweat shirts or kicked around a football or chased around with a rugby ball.”

To find out how to donate to the Thandi Friends Project, call 01539-621562.