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The Situation

Kitso Lesedi

The Situation

Kitso Lesedi's plan is to focus on the challenges of people living in the street and children living in the street. Homelessness is a problem in developed as well as in developing countries.

Reports indicated that there are more 1.5 million homeless people in South Africa of this number some of them are children. According to the study done by HSRCI it is estimated that there are between 100 000 to 200 000 homeless children in South Africa

One study in Pretoria, South Africa found that the average age of the respondents to a study on street children was between 13 and 14 years. 19 A similar study also found street children in South Africa to be between 7 and 18 years of age, with the majority between 13 and 16.

The basic problem for people living in the street is the human need for personal shelter, warmth and safety. Other basic difficulties include:
  • Personal security, quiet, and privacy, especially for sleeping
  • Safekeeping of bedding, clothing and possessions, which may have to be carried at all times
  • Hygiene and sanitary facilities
  • Cleaning and drying of clothes
  • Obtaining, preparing and storing food in quantities
  • Keeping contacts, without a permanent location or mailing address
  • Hostility and legal powers against urban vagrancy.

Homeless people face many problems beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home. They are often faced with many social disadvantages also, reduced access to private and public services and reduced access to vital necessities:

    • Reduced access to health care and dental services
    • Limited access to education
    • Increased risk of suffering from violence and abuse
    • General rejection or discrimination from other people
    • Loss of usual relationships with the mainstream
    • Not being seen as suitable for employment
    • Reduced access to banking services
    • Reduced access to communications technology

    The four programs we run are as follows:

    • Drug And Substance Abuse
    • Family Reunification/Conferencing
    • Health Management
    • Training and skill development (Accredited and not acredited)
    Including: Short Cources - Anger Management; Financial Management and Work Readiness
    • Social Services & Health Management
    • Feeding Scheme
    • Skill Development

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