MES KEMPTON PARK
Kempton Park Central is an area in the inner city of Kempton Park. It has increasingly been faced with the challenges of poverty. There is an estimated 800 homeless people living and working on the streets. Many sleep under bridges and there has been an increase in prostitution, begging and crime. Affordable accommodation is not available, there are no overnight shelter facilities and illegal backyard rental accommodation has increased. The circumstances in which these people have to stay in is horrendous, with cases of people having to pay rent to stay in Zozo huts and caravans. Slumlords are also exploiting the poor with homes being rented out to as many as 30 people. Intervention and support programmes are needed for these families that live mainly in rooms around the inner city. There is a big need to reach out to the children in these families as they do not have the opportunity to attend proper pre-schools or after-school centres. Hunger is another challenge that faces the poor of the inner city of Kempton Park and the need for drop in centres with intervention programmes e.g. distribution of meals, food parcels and programmes focussed on breaking the cycle of poverty has increased.
MES Kempton Park believes in a space where hope is possible, where values and norms are nurtured, where the disempowered are empowered, where human potential is developed and where dignity is restored. The branch provides services regardless of age, religion or sexual orientation.
The branch currently falls under the MES NPC registration and has its own advisory board and bank accounts.
SERVICES RENDERED BY MES KEMPTON PARK
The services rendered to our client groups include a holistic approach of prevention, intake and intervention leading to a sustainable exit for each individual. At present MES Kempton Park focuses on learners (6 – 13), adults (35 – 72) and youth (18 – 35), together with social support services and enterprise projects. MES Kempton Park believes in the importance to break a culture of “hand-outs” and we work closely with our clients to help them to pay for the needs they have. This restores dignity and self-worth.
LEARNERS (6-13 years of age)
Homework and exam assistance is provided to poor and vulnerable children through the After School Programme. There are many children that roam the streets in the afternoons as their parent’s work or cannot afford the after- school facilities offered at the schools. Drugs and crime are pitfalls these young people often fall into because of unstable home environments. Currently there are not many opportunities for after-school care in the inner city and this poses a real threat to the safety and development of the children/youth growing up in the inner city environment. Our facility can accommodate up to 20 children per day. A healthy body houses a healthy mind. Nutrition is a key activity of utmost importance in our after school programmes and a meal is also served to each child that attends.
YOUTH & ADULTS AT RISK
GROW Job and Life Skills Rehabilitation Programme
This project provides access to job and life rehabilitation programmes. The target audience is the homeless and vulnerable community of Kempton Park, primarily staying in our shelter. Daily workshops and enrichment programmes are hosted, together with the provision of cash in hand job opportunities. Spiritual enrichment and life coaching, is facilitated by volunteers and local churches, the social auxiliary worker conducts life skills workshops.
In the end the programme changes unemployable and desperate individuals into employable individuals that can be placed into suitable jobs, so that they can reintegrate back into society.
Providing accommodation to homeless men (Capacity: 40). This facility serves as a full time shelter for homeless individuals, including three meals. We hope to soon expand our facility to cater for 45 individuals at our male shelter and to expand in 2021, with a shelter for females.
Food Parcel Project (Nutrition):
Providing monthly food parcels to 10 elderly individuals (singles/couples) that live in the city as well as 55 poor and needy families with children.
Outreaches and Enrichment programmes:
Regular outreaches and enrichment programmes take place with the clients that attend our different projects. Weekly shelter outreaches take place as well as annual Winter HOPE and Christmas outreaches. We are also taking hands with various churches and Inner City Ministry to achieve our goal, as well as have various volunteer groups that assist us with the spiritual enrichment activities.
Clothing Bank (Social Work)
Providing clothes to the poor and needy that are identified through our various projects. Clothes are also provided if an urgent need is identified in other organisations and churches. Assistance is also given in the case of a disaster e.g. floods, fire, etc.
Clothing Bank – Monthly Jumble Sale: Selling of second hand clothing
Recycling Project – Selling of sorted recyclable waste material (Refer to GROW Programme)