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During the housing of the homeless at Community Chest, interventions involved other NGOs, social workers and caregivers which led to family reunifications, reintegrations back into previous homes, career guidance, job seeking and leadership development.
Individuals who were employed or more self-sufficient were rehoused in a Cape Town guest house that had been incapacitated due to lockdown restrictions. Community Chest has rented the entire space for a six-month period to house the previously homeless in their next phase.
The plight of women and their vulnerability during lockdown, saw Community Chest rent the Serengeti accommodation units, providing temporary shelter and a haven of safety for women suffering from abuse and violence during the pandemic. Serengeti housed and cared for a former homeless woman who gave birth to a healthy baby girl while in our care.
The Community Chest Women in Leadership Awards celebrate and honour women for their dedication, commitment and passion to build a better country for all.
The Child Protection Forum was launched by Community Chest in response to the state of child murders in the Western Cape.
Community Chest was invited to join an international delegation to explore best practice in Child Protection legislation in Sweden.
We continue participation in Child Protection advocacy.
This unique project seeks to celebrate the creative power that exist within the hearts and spirits of young people living in war zones.
Through this project we aim to produce 500 books with 30 000 peace messages written by South African youth.
Housing the homeless led Community Chest to embark on The Inkathalo Conversations, a public engagement process to review the City of Cape Town’s Street People Policy (2013). It includes as many voices as possible and expressly includes the voices of individuals who sleep on the streets.
It is an integrated, multi-stakeholder engagement project, using a specially designed process. The Inkathalo Conversations originates from the Xhosa word that means “to show deep care for someone who is crying and showing deep emotion while crying.” It includes the concept of reaching out to the other – filled with empathy and concern for the other’s wellbeing.