The Salesian Institute in Cape Town city was built in 1910, a decade or so after the SDBs first established themselves in South Africa. Over the years it served as an orphanage, later as a technical school and it now accommodates the SALESIAN INSTITUTE YOUTH PROJECTS (SIYP) which run a range of projects for youth at risk.

The following programmes are run from the SI:

  • Learn to Live School of Skills
  • Porsche Project



LEARN TO LIVE School of Skills (L2L)

L2L educational programme for street children has been recognised as an independent school by the Western Cape Educational Department. Between 40 and 90 school children  from various shelters in and around Cape Town or directly off the street, attend daily, including school drop-outs from various communities.  In addition to the school curriculum there are activities such as soccer, swimming, music, dancing, art and drama. Life Skills form an integral part of the curriculum. The ethos is one of acceptance and development.

Many of the learners attending L2L are able to reintergrate into mainstream schooling, once they have

been placed in a more stable home environment.





Contact Details

Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP)

P O Box 870, Cape Town, 8000

2 Somerset Road Cnr Chiappini Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town

Tel:  021 425-1450


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This innovative HIV/AIDS prevention project works with youth between the age of 10 - 19 and is located at the Salesians’ Lansdowne premises in Cape Town.


With a growing population of youth in South Africa (over 19 million), now more than ever, it is essential to nurture them for the future of our country.


Life Choices is founded on the belief that once off interventions are not enough to transform a young person's life.


With this in mind we provide comprehensive services in Family Stability, Health, Education and Leadership. Life Choices believes that these four building blocks are critical for youth to thrive.

Since 2005, Life Choices have impacted over 138,000 lives with choices and not charity.


For more in-depth information click here.


Contact Details

P O Box 14290, Lansdowne, 7790

312 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, Cape, 7780 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel:    021 696-4157
Ms Sofia Neves - Project Director  

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