Empowering Children's Lives
We have many stories of our children’s incredible journeys and success to share, none of which would be possible without your continued support and generosity. So get your tickets now and help many more children to journey permanently away from street life. For more info contact Julia@thehomestead.org.za
Here is a very informative Podcast on Street children that includes an Interview with the Homestead. Great if you want a deeper understanding of Street Children.
Group work with children is a vital part of their healing and helping them to build resilience to their brutal daily realities. Here a group from one of our Drop-in Centers enjoy a Child Protection Week workshop on positive friendships as part of empowering them to develop healthy friendships and make the right choices
Our new Valhalla Park centre is very busy and still needs a little TLC, but we will get there. The children love the new space, its nice to be out of the rain with warm food, for many their first meal of their day.
Currently the Homestead is working with over 60 children living, working and begging on the streets of Cape Town. Some are inner-city children living with their parents in the most horrific of circumstances and squalor, basically on the street in the Woodstock area, in little “hokkies” with no toilet, no electricity, just dirt and mess. The Homestead’s Yizani Centre has been working hard to help these children and their families, to return these children to school, some have never been to school before, and helping the parents to register the birth of their children, to get ID documents and to apply for a child care grant. This year we have placed another 11 such children back at school and one such child, placed back at school last year, did so well and is so bright, that the Homestead is now supporting him to go to a more appropriate school for his level and ability.
Booking a flight home: Dennis left Kenya when he was 11 years old and arrived in Cape Town when he was 14 years old. He had left home at a young age due to untenable circumstances, wandered the streets for some time in Kenya, and then through other countries, until he was found on the street in Cape Town and placed in our care. At the Homestead Dennis returned to school, completed his grade 12, and matured into a highly intelligent, brilliant young man. Denis now wishes to return to Kenya to see his family and to study at University.
He arrived in South Africa without any documentation, so we made contact with his father, who provided us with his birth certificate and other relevant documents. We used these at the Kenyan Embassy in JHB on the 6th of February to obtain a travel document.
With support from The Homestead, Dennis now has a flight home and will be reunited with his family. From here we hope he will continue his life using all the skills he has learned and have an empowered future.
From stateless child to a wonderful young man putting his life in order: Currently Thabiso, along with Liezl our social worker, is in Lesotho trying to sort out his paperwork and reconnect him with family. Thabiso Writes: Hi, my name is THABISO. I live in Cape Town at the Homestead project for street children. I was born in the Free state, Welkom, and my birth was never registered because m… See more
Another happy child and mom helped at the Homestead Drop-in Centre in Town Two Khayelitsha.. Sorry we cannot show their faces, but you should see the joy after we helped them obtain a late birth certificate registration so the child can finally go to school, he is already 8 years old. Now the next step is to help this destitute family get a child support grant, not possible without a birth certificate. Such a simple thing, such a huge task to accomplish, but now a life is on track, and a family saved from having a hungry child who cannot go to school.
Thank you to The Capital Hotels & Apartments for providing parking for our events team, who are busy, in the Homestead basement meeting room, working hard to ensure our big Gala Dinner fundraiser, on the 14th September, is a huge success and lots of fun. If you want to know more about the Homestead fundraiser, want to buy tickets, or are able to generously donate an auction item, the theme is “Our Journey”, then please contact Annie firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give you more information as we get closer to the event.
During the week of 6 -12 May 2019 the Homestead celebrated International Child and Youth Care Workers Week. The Homestead employs 25 dedicated CYCWs whose dedication and hard work makes it possible for us to care for street children 24 hours a day, get children back into school and to stabilize away from Street life. Thank you Team Homestead. The attached picture is of one of our CYCC shelter shifts receiving a little gift and note of encouragement…a small reminder that their work is appreciated, and their loving support noted!
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