At the Homestead we chip away at all the dirt, pain and anger that defines the chronically neglected street child we work with, until eventually, the sculpture within, the beautiful unique child is revealed, healed, educated, developed and given an empowered future away from the street.
The Homestead has a number of different projects that together provide a comprehensive response to the plight of children living, working and begging on the street.
The Homestead Prevention and Early Intervention Projects, in Valhalla Park, Manenberg, Town-Two and Site C Khayelitsha, work with over 400 chronically neglected, abused and vulnerable children a week to ensure these street vulnerable children, and their families, get the help, support and development they need to stay in school, with their families and away from the street.
The Homestead Shelter works with over 160 street children a year, helping street children to stabilise away from the street, deal with substance abuse, behaviour and trauma issues, reignite their education and development, and move back to their families when possible, or to our Launchpad Project
The Homestead Launchpad is for youth 15 years and older who have stabilised and are now ready to prepare to return home to their families or to move on to independent living away from street life. The Homestead Launchpad programme is all about growing up, becoming independent, finishing your schooling and preparing for independence and an empowered future.
There are a number of way to help the Homestead Children
The Homestead relies on donations of cash, in-kind and services from individuals, trusts, foundations, religious groups, community groups, businesses and companies who want to invest in making a real difference and help empower children for a sustainable and successful future. There are many ways to donate and to support the Homestead children.
The Homestead relies on the incredible generosity and effort of numerous interns and volunteers, including individuals, companies and community groups, such as “Boys To Men”, who want to help empower the Homestead children. We accept unpaid interns studying social work, child and youth care work, and other social service professionals from both local and international universities.
It takes a village to raise a child and the Homestead cannot provide everything for every children. We are therefore very proud of the many partnerships we have with donors, foundations, government, business, schools, service providers, professionals and other NGO’s.
We are very grateful to all our donors
The MariaMarina Foundation vision is “a world in which all people can live their lives with dignity and are able to exercise their economic, social and cultural rights”. The MMF funds the Homestead Shelter because: ‘The Homestead meets the children at one of their most difficult times in their lives and helps them to get back on the right path and to ensure they can look into a brighter future through a holistic, individualized and human plan.’