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.
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.
We provide short term accommodation to women and children. Accommodation is shared but with each woman occupying individual beds.
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.
All people residing in the facility have access to pastoral and counselling services.
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.
We are looking for an average of 28 volunteers per week.