INTERVIEW WITH THE HOMESTEAD DIRECTOR ON CAPE TALK RADIO:
The Homestead Projects for Street Children, established in 1982, is a comprehensive response to the plight of children living, working and begging on the streets of greater Cape Town. The Homestead is a secular organisation with a simple mandate “To get and keep children off the street and to help Street Children reconstruct their shattered lives”.
The Homestead offers a continuum of services, both on and off the street, and which together address the needs and challenges these children face in successfully transitioning away from street life. The Homestead projects include:
- An Intake and Stabilisation Children’s Home in Khayelitsha providing specialised therapeutic residential care, education and development for up to 75 boys at a time and which successfully transitions over 100 children a year away from the street, 40% of whom are successfully and directly reunified back home to their families.
- “The Launch Pad” Transitional Residential Programme in Woodstock for up to 30 youth leaving care and aiming to give these children a successful, empowered future .
- Prevention and Early Intervention programmes in Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Woodstock and Khayelitsha that reduce the vulnerability of over 300 chronically neglected, traumatised, and physically and emotionally abused children through family preservation, school attendance, therapeutic, social work, as well as poverty alleviation and welfare relief services.
- Street level Drop-in and Outreach programmes for children living, working and begging on the street in Cape Town, Manenberg, Khayelitsha and Valhalla Park.
The Homestead is registered in South Africa as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 003-217), a Public Benefit Organisation with the South African Revenue Services (PBO 18/11/13/1038) and a Non Profit Company (CIPC) (2016/156959/08). All Homestead programmes are legally registered and compliant with the Department of Social Development and aligned to the South African Children’s Act 38 of 2005. The Homestead also has formal international partnerships, for instance with the Dame Hilary Cropper Charitable Foundation (www.dhccf.org or www.dhccf.net).
The Homestead is based on developmental principles and that there is no single solution to the challenge of children living,working and begging on the street. The Homestead offers a continuum of services, both on and off the street, and which address the needs of both the child and their families and through which children can grow towards competence and self-confidence.