WELCOME TO THE HOMESTEAD
The Homestead (Projects for Street Children) is a registered Non-Profit Organisiation and has section 18A tax status in South Africa. We have been established
since 1982 and have a simple mission – “to help Street
Children reconstruct their shattered lives.”
The programme, which has become a model for similar projects
in South Africa, is based on developmental principles. Because
there is no single solution it offers a continuum of projects,
both on and off the streets, which address the needs of street
children and their families and through which the children
can grow towards competence and self-confidence in their lives.
From street work and intake shelters, through more settled
residential and educational care, to family reconstruction
services, we get children off the streets and help them rebuild
their lives and their futures. We have also developed projects
that aim to prevent children at risk from coming onto the
It is difficult work, intensive, sometimes heartbreaking,
but kids are resilient and “hope” is the watchword.
“Belief in the human spirit transcends all reason....
and flies beyond the frail fingers of our knowledge”
On these pages we invite you to view our work. It is an indigenous
model which, in order to engage as many children as possible,
offers each child only as much as he needs – instead
of having three pairs of shoes, each child can make do with
one. But in sharing their lives with each other and with a
sensible and generous adult team, they gain much else that
they can take with them when they move away.
Visit the “Our World” page to get a deeper feel
for this work.