WELCOME TO MES KEMPTON PARK
Kempton Park's inner city faces poverty challenges on a regular basis. There is an estimated 100 to 150 homeless people living and working on the streets, contributing to an increase in prostitution, begging and crime. Affordable accommodation is not available 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.
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 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.
On 1 August 2010, MES opened a satellite branch in Kempton Park, because of the urgent need for an overnight shelter and the continuation of social relief as a means to address the pressing needs of the homeless community. MES Kempton Park operates as an independent branch of the MES NPO. The goal is to offer services to the poor, homeless and unemployed community in the inner city of Kempton Park that will lead to restoration, a sense of belonging and enable the community to lead sustainable, meaningful lives.
OUR PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES
POVERTY ALLEVIATION, COMMUNITY AND SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT SERVICES
OVERNIGHT SHELTERThe overnight shelter caters for an average of 33 homeless men and women per night, providing them with a place of safety away from sleeping on the streets. The cost is R16 per night and includes, a shower, washing powder, basic toiletries and a bed for the evening. Outreaches take place on Wednesday and Sunday evenings with the assistance of volunteer workers. During these outreaches, fellowships with the shelter clients take place through praise and worship, bringing of the Word and serving a meal. Occasionally special evenings, like movie nights and braai’s are hosted for shelter clients.
FOOD PARCEL PROJECTThe branch provides weekly food parcels to 60 poor and needy families and individuals that live in small rooms, apartments and caravans in the inner city. A Bible study takes place every two weeks for the families that receive parcels. The plan is to start hosting family educational sessions with the parents and to start a programme with the pre-school children.
COMMUNITY KITCHENThe community kitchen operates five days a week and provides affordable meals to the homeless and unemployed at R5 per meal. On a weekly basis, counselling and ministry also takes place at the canteen.
CLOTHING BANKThe Clothing Bank provides clothes to the poor and needy, that are identified through the various projects. Clothes are also provided if an urgent need is identified in other organisations and churches. Assistance is given in disaster cases e.g. floods, etc. Every last Saturday of a month a jumble sale of clothing and old furniture is organised to raise funds for the branch’s activities. This programme also allows the less privileged in the community to buy items at minimum prices.
GENERIC OUTREACHES AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES• Monthly street outreaches take place and offer the opportunity to connect with the people living on the streets. The outreaches take place every second Thursday of the month at 18:30 in the evening.• Annual Winterhoop and Christmas outreaches are hosted for the various projects.
EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
GROW (GOD RESTORES OUR WORLD)This programme provides access to job and life rehabilitation programmes for the homeless and vulnerable community of Kempton Park, leading to an increased occupational intelligence that results in earning a living and restored dignity. Daily workshops and enrichment programmes are hosted, together with the provision of cash in hand opportunities.In the end the programme changes unemployed and desperate individuals into employable individuals that can be placed into suitable jobs, so that they can reintegrate back into society. Partnerships are in place with organisations in the city and occasionally the clients from MES get job opportunities from these businesses.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMECurrently 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 children/the youth growing up in the inner city environment. Child neglect is a big problem in the inner city, as many parents are not home in the afternoons and leave their children unattended. Due to unemployment, many parents are also not able to pay for after school care. The MES Kempton Park after school centre creates a place of safety for these children, where they can be assisted with homework, exam preparations and other basic needs. The facility can accommodate 20 children per day and a meal is also served to each child that attends.
PROFESSIONAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
SOCIAL WORK SERVICESTutela Kempton Park has made a full-time social auxiliary worker available to work out of our branch, specifically on the GROW Programme. He works closely with the homeless and unemployed individuals and they are assessed, monitored and taken through a process of healing and restoration. The social worker further assists with:• Access to job hunting resources• CV compilation• Social work sessions• ID applications• Applications for bursaries
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THE MES KEMPTON PARK TEAM
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After school centre
We need assistance with reading in the afternoons and volunteers don’t have to be teachers to assist with this.
Volunteers can become part of the outreach teams. We have four people that provide a meal every Wednesday evening. We are in need of someone that can prepare a meal if there is a fifth week in a month. We are also in need of someone that can provide meals on Sunday evenings. Meals can be anything ranging from a hotdog to a chicken stew, etc. Special evenings like movie nights, braai’s, etc. can also be hosted. Shelter vouchers can be sponsored at R16 per evening.
Food parcel project
Volunteers are welcome to join the outreach team.
Kempton Community Kitchen
Volunteers are welcome to assist with the dishing up of food. Days: Mondays to Fridays. Times: 10:45 to 11:45. Meal vouchers can be sponsored at R5 a voucher.