Our main focus is to be a safe haven for those living the fringes of society, especially those living in poverty. This haven is created by focusing on the caring and personal development of the homeless, destitute and needy people in the Greater Stellenbosch area. Our vision is to facilitate a process of healing, to restore hope to those that have lost a positive outlook on life and to empower people to live meaningful lives.
Straatlig makes a very important contribution to the Stellenbosch community through its various programs, while our commitment to partnerships and cooperation means that we never duplicate work that is already being done. Furthermore, the establishment of the after-care program provides an immeasurable service to children that face some of the harshest circumstances on a daily basis.
During these sessions, we create a space of acceptance where we come together and cherish one another. These sessions also serve as the first encounter or first meeting we have with the homeless people. It is a non-threatening and inviting space where anybody can feel welcomed and cherished.
The primary goal of these sessions is to give hope to those who have very little and especially to work on their self-image as well as emotional intelligence.
Counselling is another service we present to the homeless people and to do this more effectively as well as more responsibly our staff attended a trauma counselling course and is now registered at the South African Institute of Traumatic Counselling. Our offices are open to counselling every day of the week from 9:00 – 13:00. Our counselling sessions are not limited to only the homeless, but to anybody who needs an ear to listen. Throughout the year, we have had clients from abused families, night shelter as well as addicts needing advice on how to apply for rehab etc.
In everything Straatlig does we do we try to be sustainable in how we tackle social issues. It is the same when it comes to the assistance we provide to our clients. Any assistance people receive from Straatlig goes along with the responsibility to take care of it. We believe in the capacity of the people on the street to be able to take good care of what was given to them.
Educating the greater Stellenbosch
For us to have a lasting impact on the social issues of the town, we need to have the residence on board. We believe in doing this we must educate the people how to give responsibly and how to address the social problems of our town. We do this through partnering with other organisations to have as big of an impact as possible.
Without Straatlig I would not be where I am now. They have helped me to start a new business back in my home town, where I can be close to my family and still provide for them. Straatlig believed in me when no one else did.Wellington Mafuwa