Are you a Refugee, an Asylum Seeker, or a Migrant?
Accommodation and food is given to new arrivals and those who have been in the Country for less than six months. Payment of rent arranged for vulnerable people (pending assessment).
School Fees & Uniforms
Payment of school fees (primary and secondary schools) and uniforms for refugee children whose parents have been in the Country for less than five years.
Support of Orphans
Support orphans whose foster parents have been appointed by the children’s court.
Free Language Courses
Free English and Zulu courses.
Food parcels for the vulnerable people and those living with the HIV.
Clothing and Reading Glasses for poor and vulnerable people.
Free participation in the Healing Touch of Christ workshops.
What is our mission?
The Refugee Pastoral Care is the project of the Archdiocese Durban responsible for handling all matters affecting all foreign nationals in the area of the Archdiocese and beyond. The project was started in 1999 and gained momentum in 2002 when it was allocated a full time chaplain.
The pastoral role was and still is, fulfilled with our refugee brothers and sisters receiving counselling and masses said in their own languages. Services have been always offered indiscriminately.
The project has always been under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Durban. It was first administered by the Jesuits, and when they were no longer in a position to maintain a presence in Durban, the archdiocese approached the Spiritans for assistance in running the ministry.
The project is based at the Denis Hurley Centre at the Emmanuel Cathedral since that is the central point for the large population of Refugees living in Durban.
People who have passed through our doors
Victims hosted durning the 2008 Xenophobic Attacks
Victims hosted durning the 2015 Xenophobic Attacks
Our Partners & Government Departments
Refugees and Social Services
International Organisation for Migrants
Department of Social Development
Department of Home Affairs
Lawyers for Human Rights
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Healing Touch of Christ Workshops
The workshops came about as a result of a realisation that people, especially refugees go through traumatic experiences for which they do not get opportunities to talk about. Some people left their countries because of situations bedevilling them. Some have been involved in wars in which they lost their beloved ones, even their religion. Some might have been confronted with situations that were painful, tried to tell their stories but nobody bothered to listen. As people go through these instances where they do not receive attention, the pain builds up to enormous levels that causes unbearable stress. Some have even succumbed to the stress. However, it has been realised that the best way to deal with the feeling of pain is to talk about it in a religious atmosphere.
The telling of stories, especially in a religious context removes the burden from the heart and with a “Touch of Christ” a healing process starts. If people cling to their pains and traumas then the burden of carrying other people’s sins becomes theirs through vengeance. So to free themselves from these burdens people need to talk about pain in this sense of forgiving those who have wronged them and peace building so that their hearts can receive relief in reconciliation. In a certain way the same could be said about perpetrators of any evil.
2008 Xenophobic Attacks
Trauma counselling and healing workshops were run with and for these victims. Support in the victims’ new and old places was given as an ongoing programme. Follow up workshops were done to bring stability spiritually and morally.
On three occasions places where refugees were staying were gutted with fire, resulting in the destruction of property. The Refugee Pastoral Care assisted the fire victims with clothes, blankets, food and rentals.