“I left home at the age of 14 due to abuse and have been living on the streets ever since. I want to go to rehab and be a better parent for my child, but I am afraid that I may never see my children again if I go to rehab.” A young adult, sharing her wishes with everyone sitting around the table at a closed World Homeless Day event organised by MID Social Development Officer, Tasneem Hoosain, yesterday.
There are many stories on the streets of Muizenberg, yet few feel safe enough to share. Being ridiculed for the path they chose as children, young adults or mature individuals. Below the hardened exterior, lies a vulnerability that few will ever allow others to see. Life on the streets is as much about survival as it is about escaping the hopelessness of a past that they’d rather forget.
“I wish there was a greater sense of family amongst us. We all live on the streets and we need to look out for each other.” The plight of a destitute young man, his words reaching out across to those around him.
Part of the outreach event included healthcare screening services by Living Hope. A brief Q & A session also allowed attendees to ask questions and be informed of the services that they may access, as well as a discussion about the importance of prevention and precaution.
“I’ve been where you are, and chose to accept help when it was offered to me.” Said Tasneem as she shared her journey from addiction to sobriety, and taking ownership of her life and her choices.
This, a morning of connection and outreach. Empowering the homeless community of Muizenberg through access healthcare services, an opportunity to connect with each other, and an open invitation to reach out for help through the MID Open Door Social Support Services.
Also read, “Shifting Focus | Full Time Social Development Support Services” to learn more about MID services.
Thank you Living Hope for supporting this event!