The Homestead

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Since 1982, The Homestead has developed an indigenous model, offering a continuum of cost-effective services to hundreds of street children each year. Street workers make the first contact with children living on the streets. The child thus receives some protection and develops a trusting relationship with the street worker. This is followed by Drop In centres, short and long term residential care programmes and family reunification services.

The Homestead also provides early intervention services in disadvantaged communities which prevent the drift of children into street life. We also have an income generating beadwork project for mothers.

The organisation is recognised by the Department of Social Development as a model of best practice due to the interlinked services provided.

Vision and mission:
The Homestead's vision is that no child should have to live on the streets of Cape Town. Our mission is to help boys between the ages of six and sixteen who are living on the streets to reconstruct their shattered lives by providing child-centred caring projects and informed advocacy programmes. We advocate for holistic prevention projects that prevent children from going onto the streets to survive, and thus work through broad-based partnerships with relevant government and non government organisations. We aim to achieve sustainable fundraising, and to be scrupulous about accountability and financial management.

- The Homestead has developed a number of strategies to reach and assist Street Children. Each of the projects feeds into the next stage of rehabilitation for the child. Some children need to use all the services, while others can be moved back home from the first level (the street) without further intervention.
- Street Outreach: The Street Workers made contact with 98 children newly arrived on the streets, in addition to children already known to them from the previous year. We try to establish a relationship with the child as soon as he arrives on the streets, because it is much easier to work with him before he becomes hardened to life without adult care.
- Services were provided to 139 children, with a monthly average of 35 boys using our services. We were able to return 17% of the children to their relatives after providing family reconciliation interventions.
- Homestead Intake Shelter: as the grant was focused on this level of care. A total of 203 children received care at the shelter, of whom 167 were new admissions. A successful outcome in terms of returning boys home to their relatives and communities of origin was achieved in 30% of the cases.
- Due to the unsuitability of the home situation, 18% of the boys were found to be in need of care by the Children's Court and were transferred to residential care (15% of these to our own Children's Home). We are still working with the remaining boys, some of whom are back on the streets, and some still with us in the Shelter.
- Elukhuselweni Children's Home: At the Children's Home in Khayelitsha, we continue to work with the relatives on resolving problems and trying to alleviate the poverty that often feeds into family relationship issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, neglect and poor child care.
- Between 50 and 63 children were housed at the home during the year.
- Manenberg Activity Centre: An average of 40 children attended afternoon care daily.
- Job Creation Project: Of 12 participants, 4 were able to find employment in the formal sector. Two children were returned home as their mothers were earning a small income in the project.

- Street Work
- Yizani Drop In Centre
- The Homestead Intake Shelter
- The Bridge at Elukhuselweni Children's Home
- Manenberg Early Intervention Project
- Khayelitsha Early Intervention Project
- Job creation project for women
- Training and Mentoring

- Western Cape Street Children's Forum - coordination within the Street Children's sector SASPCAN, information sharing within the child welfare sector
- Director's Forum: information sharing and advocacy within the NGO sector Ukondla Partnership, collaborative projects between Ons Plek (project for female Street Children) and Salesians Learn to Live (non formal school for Street Children.

Operates in: Cape Town, Western Cape
Established in: July 1982

Non-Profit Organisation Number: 003-217
Public Benefit Organisation Number: 130001038
Section 21 Company Number:
Trust Number:

Contact person: Sandra Morreira
Phone: 021 419 9763 / 4
Fax: 021 419 2600
Physical address: 150 Strand Street, Cape Town
Postal address: P O Box 21538 Kloof Street, 8008

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