With the world becoming an increasingly divided place, it’s more important than ever to lend a helping hand wherever possible. For South Africa, this means coming to terms with the country’s homelessness crisis and doing what we can to help those affected by it. With thousands of people sleeping on the streets every night, there are many ways that you can make a difference. Whether you have time, money, or even just kind words to spare, here are 5 ways you can help the homeless crisis in South Africa.
Give what you can
While it may seem basic, one of the best ways to help the homeless is to give what you can. This could be a meal, a few hours of work each week (MCM Full Circle Program), or even just a few extra rands in a donation box. If you’re traveling to South Africa, be sure to bring canned food or non-perishable items that you can leave with the homeless. They’re always in need of food, so this is one of the most helpful things you can do. Donate food and clothing at a local shelter or drop-in centre. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or town with a homeless population, you’ll likely have access to a drop-in centre, church or shelter. These organizations often have donation boxes for food, clothing, and other supplies. They’re always in need of these things, and they’ll often be provided to those who need them. There are also many organizations like Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM), The Angel Network, Siyabonga Africa, etc that you can partner with to bring relief to homeless people.
Help build more shelters and homes
If you have the time and money (or if you can find an organisation willing to accept your help), one way you can help the homeless crisis in South Africa is to build more shelters. These are places where people can go when they’re too sick, tired, or cold to sleep on the streets. Shelters also provide a safe space for women, children, and other vulnerable populations. Find a local organisation that’s trying to build more shelters or that provides other services to the homeless. You can usually find these places through government-run programs or by visiting local government offices. Or you can use an organisation like Habitat for Humanity, where volunteer workers donate their time to build houses for those in need.
Sponsor a homeless person
Sponsoring a person through an organization like U-Turn is not only an excellent way to help those in need, but it’s also a great way to learn more about the issue and get involved. They offer a variety of different ways that you can help young South Africans who are homeless. Sponsoring a person opens your eyes to the realities of homelessness and gives you the chance to help someone who needs it. It’s a great way to get involved and make a difference, even if you don’t have time to build shelters or provide other services directly.
Become an advocate for change
One of the most important things that you can do in order to help the homeless crisis in South Africa is to become an advocate for change. This means speaking up about the state of homelessness in the country and demanding that those in power take action. You can do this by contacting your local government officials or church, sharing news stories, and even participating in protests and marches. Becoming an advocate is a great way to help those who need it and also gives you a chance to learn more about the issue. It’s a powerful way to make a difference, and even if you don’t have direct access to the government officials in your area, there are other ways you can get involved.
Homelessness is a critical issue in South Africa, and while the country’s government has taken steps to address it, there’s still a lot of work to be done. These are some of the most important ways that you can help the homeless crisis in South Africa, whether you’re visiting or living in the country. From giving what you can to helping build shelters and advocating for change, there are many ways that you can make a difference.
If you do not know where to start, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome people like you, with open arms.