Dowayne is from Manenberg, Cape Town.
What or where is Manenberg?!
Manenberg is a community near Cape Town Airport in South Africa. It was established between 1966 and 1970 under the racist white apartheid regime that forcibly evicted "non-whites" from their homes in and around Cape Town. Families were divided up and shipped to areas further from the city with substandard housing and little formal infrastructure.
Fear, loss, isolation, and trauma - not to mention the racial discrimination people in these communities faced - led to high school dropout rates, high unemployment, and a dramatic increase in violent crime, drug addiction, and gangsterism.
So who is Dowayne?
Dowayne grew up in Manenberg and experienced what is unfortunately the reality for many. With an absent father and a drug-dealing mother, he dropped out of school in 9th grade. At age 13, Dowayne became addicted to "Tik," crystal meth and Mandrax (a type of sedative). At age 18, he started using heroin - and then things really took off.
After several attempts at rehab, Dowayne finally persevered and will celebrate 9 years clean and sober in February 2021!
Dowayne and his wife Sarah are now married, have a son and another baby on the way, and still have a big heart for this community that is full of vibrancy and fun and so much potential. They dream of continuing to give back to the people who call Manenberg home, supporting already established local organizations and making a real lasting difference in people's lives.