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Poverty & Homelessness

  1. What is poverty?
  2. How can you help?
  3. Places you can get help

Poverty and homelessness are very sad situations that affect many South Africans.

Poverty is when a person doesn’t have money for proper food, for clothes to keep them covered and for a warm and safe place to stay.

When a person does not have a place to live, that person is homeless.

You might have seen a child or adult that is homeless, or you might know someone at school whose family can’t afford to feed and clothe them properly. Lots of us want to help those in need, but don’t know how.  Here are some tips and ideas:

  • most importantly, DON’T give money – that can make the problem worse, especially for street children
  • rather give food, clothing or other things, that the person can use immediately
  • toiletries
  • if you have a friend at school whose family is living in poverty, help them to call Childline 0800055555
  • volunteer
    • you can organise a collection at your school (food, clothing, toiletries), and donate to one of the organisations that helps people living in poverty
    • you can help out at a soup kitchen in your community
    • come up with your own creative ideas!

There are lots of places that offer help to those in need.

  • Schools for street children
    New Nation School
    http://www.unitedsisterhood.org.za/index.php/news-events/71-new-nation-school
  • Skills Development Centres for adults
    Thembalethu – Africa Skills Training College South Africa
    http://africaskills.co.za
  • Feeding schemes
  • Food Parcels
    Department of Social Development
  • Drop in centres, shelters and places of safety  
    • Bethany Shelter
      Corner Millbourn Road and Viljoen Street, Bertrams, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      For abused women. No Fee.
    • Bienvenu Shelter for Women and Children
      36 Terrace Road, Bertrams, Johannesburg
    • Cathedral of Christ the King Soup Kitchen
      Saratoga Avenue Joubert Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng
    • Ekhaya Overnight Shelter
      Corner Quartz and Kotze Streets, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      Men and women but no children.
    • Freda Hartley Shelter for Women
      97 Regent Street Yeoville, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      For women only.
      No Fee
    • Johannesburg Department of Social Development – 011 374 1600
  • Places of Refuge
    • Diagonal Street La Rochelle, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      For men and women
    • Roman Catholic Cathedral Soup Kitchen
      Corner Bosman and Skinner Streets, Pretoria, Gauteng
    • Immaculata Mercy Centre
      17 Sturdee Avenue Rosebank, Johannesburg
      Single men
    • Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
      Church Square, Pretoria, Gauteng
    • Strabane Mercy Centre
      98 Kerk Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      Only men and women over 30 years of age
    • The House
      60 Olivia Road Berea, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      For girls between 12 and 18 years only
    • Trinity Congregation Church Soup Kitchen
      Corner Muller and Bedford Streets Yeoville, Johannesburg, Gauteng
    • Usindiso Sanctuary
      80 Albert Street Marshalltown, Johannesburg, Gauteng
      For abused women – especially those with children
      Fee: R60 per month
    • The Rosebank Shelter, Christ Church Christian Care Centre, The Nkosi Neighbourhood Foundation, Headway and Baragwanath hospital.
      http://rotaryjoburgnewdawn.blogspot.com/
  • East Rand Shelters
    • Kids Haven 011 421 4222
    • Kempton Park All Stars 011 975 6899
    • B.J Voster 011 907 3004/5
    • Don Matera 011 453 0884/7803/4/5
    • Mary Moodley Place of Safety  011 421 5675
    • Gugulethu Child and Youth Care Centre 011 917 9574
    • Department of Social Development 011 820 0447
  • Free  Early Childhood Development Centres
    • Afrika Tikkun – Developing young people from cradle to career
      https://afrikatikkun.org/
    • Wings of Life – Early Childhood Development Centres
      Alexander   087 1502079
      Diepsloot 087 1502249
      Orange Farm 087 150 2311
      Inner City Johannesburg – Uthando  087 150 2313
  • Shelters
    • Amcare
      Alberton, Johannesburg
      cell: 079 500 8011
      tel:  011 – 869 5856
      fax:  011 – 869 5639
      email: marihet@amcare.org.za
    • Are Ageng
      Bekkersdal
      cell: 072 700 6988
      emergency:  071 930 9734
      tel:  011 – 692 1940/1945
      fax:  011 – 755 1010
      e-mail: kunenenoma@telkomsa.net
    • Bella Maria
      Vanderbijlpark
      cell:  082 401 2296 /  083 366 7703
      tel:  016 – 428 1740
      fax:  016 – 428 1741
      crisis 24hrs:  016 – 428 1640
      e-mail: colleen@lifelinevaal.co.za
    • Beth Shan
      Pretoria west
      cell:  076 683 7821
      tel:  012 – 379 6671
    • Ikaya Lethemba
      Braamfontein, Johannesburg
      Department of Community Safety
      cell:  083 286 7948
      tel:  011 – 242 3000
      fax:  011 – 242 3017
      e-mail: nomsa.ramathibela@gauteng.gov.za
    • Leratong Place of Love
      Springs
      cell:  072 106 4983
      tel:  011 – 363 1368/9
      fax:  011 363 1368/9
      e-mail:  cewestley@mweb.co.za
    • Mali Martins
      Bronkhorstspruit
      Tel: 013 935 8032
      Fax: 013 935 8031
      Email: malimartin@penta-net.co.za
    • Polokego
      Krugersdorp
      cell:  073 000 7369, 082 967 0383
      tel:  011 – 665 1725
      fax:  011 – 665 3002
      e-mail:  polokego-a@hotmail.com
    • Potters House
      Pretoria Central
      Cell:  082 978 902
      tel:  012 – 320 2123
      fax:  086 – 6799239
      e-mail:  vestie@pcm.org.za
    • POWA
      Vosloorus
      cell:  081 270 5005 /  083 327 3695
      tel:  011 901  0292
      fax:  011 901 0292
      e-mail:  vosloorus@powa.co.za
    • POWA
      Florida
      cell:  72 171 4952
      tel:   011 472 6631
      fax:  011 472 6631
      e-mail:  vosloorus@powa.co.za jane@powa.co.za florida@powa.co.za
    • Riet Family Guidance Centre
      Randfontein, Johannesburg
      cell:  083 400 1630
      tel:  011 – 693 3344
      fax:  011 – 693 3344
      e-mail:  rietchild@telkomsa.net
    • Theodora Ndaba Victim Support Centre
      Daveyton
      cell: 082 6465917
      tel:  011 – 426 4776
      fax:  011 – 424 0396
      e-mail:  victimsupp@polka.co.za
    • Usindiso Ministries
      Johannesburg
      cell:  082 902 4611
      tel:  011 – 334 1143
      fax:  011 – 334 1206
      e-mail: usindisomin@wirelessza.co.za
    • Women Against Women Abuse
      Toekomsrus Randfontein
      cell:  083 948 0725
      tel: 011 693 4504
      e-mail: info@wawagreendoor.co.za
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