Life on the street is no joke. In Johannesburg alone, there are over 4 500 people who find shelter in doorways, under bridges, on pavements and in abandoned buildings. These people are completely dependent on the goodwill of others for survival.

As from February this year, our Street-to-Feet Programme manager and a team of volunteers have courageously acted against poverty by going out daily, often into precarious places and situations, to engage with individuals and families who are living in these circumstances. In just 4 months, over 100 people have been profiled for intervention – and already, many have received much needed support in the form of basic needs assistance, medical help, training, counselling and placements into rehabilitation centres and shelters. Our team aims to build relationships based on trust and respect with each person and family before establishing a plan of action together with them. Two feeding programmes have been established in areas of high vagrancy which creates a valuable platform from which to learn and understand the struggles of street life; and the third will be launched by August this year. We believe that it starts with a plate of food, but ultimately, our aim is to create opportunities for these families and individuals to build their own paths out of poverty; off the Street and onto their Feet. Although we have done much, Siyabonga Africa does not work in isolation. Networking with churches, NPO’s, places of safety, rehabilitation centres, local government, the police force, individuals, companies and various other service providers, we believe that together, we can do more. Life on the street is no joke. In Johannesburg alone, there are over 4 500 people who find shelter in doorways, under bridges, on pavements and in abandoned buildings. These people are completely dependent on the goodwill of others for survival. Young women and children are the main victims and often face unspeakable challenges. Desperation can push them into prostitution, addiction and crime, which further impacts on their chances of returning to a normal way of life. Siyabonga Africa’s Street-to-Feet Programme is aimed at rehabilitating and restoring homeless people. As from February this year, Siyabonga Africa’s Street-to-Feet Programme manager and a team of volunteers have courageously acted against poverty by going out daily, often into precarious places and situations, to engage with individuals and families who are living in these circumstances. In just 4 months, over 100 people have been profiled for intervention – and already, many have received much needed support in the form of basic needs assistance, medical help, training, counselling and placements into rehabilitation centres and shelters. Our team aims to build relationships based on trust and respect with each person and family before establishing a plan of action together with them. Two feeding programmes have been established in areas of high vagrancy which creates a valuable platform from which to learn and understand the struggles of street life; and the third will be launched by August this year. We believe that it starts with a plate of food, but ultimately, our aim is to create opportunities for these families and individuals to build their own paths out of poverty; off the Street and onto their Feet. Although we have done much, Siyabonga Africa does not work in isolation. Networking with churches, NPO’s, places of safety, rehabilitation centres, local government, the police force, individuals, companies and various other service providers, we believe that together, we can do more.