Lazarus House | Home for vulnerable women and children
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Who are we?

Lazarus House is a home for Local Vulnerable Women and Children and Refugee Women and Children. We have the ability to house up to 100 women at a time. The project is faith based and intended to assist women to regain their lost hope, dignity and faith.

Background of the Project

The idea of the project started with Mr. Chico Lazarus, who during an evening walk at the beach in Durban met some homeless children who narrated how they, including their parents, were begging to raise money for shelter. That motivated him to give out his property for the cause of the poor people in the community. He then shared his vision and idea with his family and the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM. Shortly thereafter, a committee was set up to spearhead the project.

Opening of the Lazarus Home

The project was officially opened by his eminence on the 11th of August 2018 and doors were opened for admission of vulnerable women on the 4th of September 2018. The first to be admitted were seven women and 11 children.

What services do we offer?

Free Short Term Accommodation

We provide short term accommodation to women and children. Accommodation is shared but with each woman occupying individual beds.

Free Meals

The women and children housed in the facility are provided with three free nutritional meals a day. The women are encouraged to do the cooking, with the help of the volunteers.

Free Pastoral and Counselling Services

All people residing in the facility have access to pastoral and counselling services.

Empowerment Programmes

We strive to empower the women in our care through some livelihood programmes and skill development. This includes English language classes for women from the francophone regions, sewing lessons, craft work and computer courses.

Would you like to become a Volunteer?

Due to unavailability of funding resources, all our staff members work on a voluntary basis. At the moment, we are relying heavily on community support for our volunteer intake. Our volunteer program is open to anyone who is willing to offer their time.

We have a number of different ways in which people can volunteer their time and services. This includes helping in the kitchen in overseeing meal preparations and the serving of meals; crèche (working with toddlers), donation sorting and helping with skills development such as sewing, arts and crafts, gardening, beauty and hair. Social workers, artisans and professionals who offer services such as administration; counselling; English lessons, health care are also needed.

Number of Weekly Volunteers Required

We are looking for an average of 28 volunteers per week.

Become a Volunteer

Would you like to donate?

The Lazarus House Accommodation for Women and Children welcomes donations of money and various other items such as food, clothing and personal hygiene products. Please contact us if you would like to donate anything.

Registration Number: 2018/349823/08
Account Number: 050918087
Branch Code: 051001

Our Partners & Stakeholders

The Catholic Archdiocese of Durban
Refugee Pastoral Care
The South African Police Services – Umbilo Police Station
The Department of Social Development
Department of Home Affairs – Durban Refugee Reception Centre

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Contact Details

Telephone: +27(0)314924983

Physical Address: 41 Umbilo Road, Berea, Durban, 4001
Postal Address: PO Box 47094, Greyville, 4023

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