Alternatives to street Life

Meet Umthombo Team

Umthombo’s Safespace is a 24/7 drop-in Centre in the Point, Durban. It is a safe environment where the process of “leaving the streets” can be done. Staffed by social workers and child-care workers, it provides both basic needs such as safety, nutrition and healthcare as well as a nurturing environment to host the engagement programmes and the therapeutic programmes.

When the child is ready for an alternative, Umthombo’s Reintegration and Aftercare (follow-up) Team lead them through the process and ensure that children are safe, loved and re-entered carefully into education system. Umthombo monitors their development.

Lifespace: Some children are approaching adulthood and nowhere to go back to. Umthombo Street Children’s Lifespace programme ensures that they have hope for an independent future. It provides mentorship, life-skills, basic literacy, training, career oppportunities ultimately seeks employment for them.

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