Who are we?

The migrant support unit of the Outreach Foundation aims to assist those seeking a better life through their difficult journey of settling into South Africa, as well as providing support on past troubles they may have encountered in their homelands. We hope to combat xenophobia and unfairness and provide counselling to those affected.

Migrants often face a difficult time in their homelands forcing them no other option but to leave and seek refuge in South Africa. At the Outreach Foundation, we believe in providing care and counselling to those in need and offering them a safe haven in which to express themselves.

Xenophobia is traumatic and is an experience which no one should have to undertake. We hope to prevent xenophobia and all other forms of abuse that destroy the moral fibre of society.

Counsellor’s code of conduct 

Our counsellors work to a code of conduct, a practical tool and internal compass that guides all our volunteers, part-time and full-time employees. It is underpinned by an emphasis on our commitment to maintaining a high standard in our ethical and professional approach as counsellors; a high priority on confidentiality, protection of human rights; and offering a professional service to the community.

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Our Goals

We strive to:

Provide a safe healing environment

Combat xenophobia

Our Team:

Kefiloe Pitso

-Assessment Officer

Sizwe Bottoman

-Assistant Counsellor

Ethel Munyai

-Programme Manager

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Food donations by Outreach Foundation and Mukuru

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked substantial damage to human lives and South Africa’s economy. The measures used to try to curtail the effect of the pandemic such as the lockdown, has, unfortunately, worsened the income inequalities that characterise the country’s economy.

Vulnerable populations such as low-income earners in the informal sector have been most affected by job losses and the resulting income loss. The loss of jobs and income is likely to result in reduced ability to access healthcare and a nutritious diet. This, in turn, will negatively impact on people’s health ~ Source: The Conversation, Academic Rigour, journalist flair, August 23, 2020.

Even though the Government has put in measures such as social relief assistance to try and assist individuals who have been negatively affected by COVID-19, not all individuals qualify for the funding.

Fortunately, companies like Mukuru have found ways to assist those who do not qualify for Government funding. Through the Outreach Foundation, it gave 300 food vouchers to those who qualified for this assistance.

We are thankful to Mukuru for their contribution which enabled us to assist those who are vulnerable during this time.

 

Here are a few photographs of those who received food through this incredible initiative!

 

 

Mukuru donates food

Mukuru is a new donor

Outreach Foundation distributes food through food vouchers given by Mukuru

Mukuru gives food vouchers to Outreach

 

 

Thank you Mukuru!

Logo for Outreach Foundation's new donor, Mukuru

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our new volunteers

The Outreach Foundation is happy to welcome our new volunteers Ben Storjohann and Tim Stoklossa to our team. Ben will be joining our computer team and Tim will be joining our counselling team. We are excited to see what we will achieve together and cannot wait to see the impact we have on our community.

Ben Storjohann
Tim Stoklossa

A message from Tim

My name is Tim Stoklossa and I am from Hannover, Germany. I graduated
High School in June and in August I came to South Africa to work at the
Outreach Foundation and to discover the country and the culture.
In Germany I sang in a choir and played guitar. Also I worked in a youth
group in my church.
In my few days here I got to know a lot of people. They all
were very obliging and were glad to meet me. I am very happy to be here
and I hope to gather many new experiences here.

A message from Ben

My name is Ben Storjohann and I am from Frankfurt, Germany. I just graduated High School and I am now taking a gap year. I’m really grateful to be able to work at the Lutheran Outreach Foundation. The amount of courses and opportunities to grow, that are offered here at the Foundation truly amaze me. I’m loving the country, the culture and the people so far and can’t wait to get to know the area and my colleagues even further. Thank you for being so welcoming and I hope we can create some awesome memories in the next year together.

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