Are you a Refugee, an Asylum Seeker, or a Migrant?
We provide the following Services:
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?
Our mission is to offer pastoral and social services to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with a view to restore their lost dignity, faith and hope, by involving them in healing workshops and social cohesion programs and also ensure justice prevails in all matters affecting them.
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
Fr Peter Lafferty CSSp
Anna Maphumulo Nonhlahla
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
2015 Xenophobic Attacks
2015 Xenophobic AttacksOur Success Stories
2008 Xenophobic Attacks
2008 Xenophobic AttacksOur Success Stories
Zulu & English Classes
Zulu & English ClassesOur Success Stories
Healing Touch of Christ Workshops
Healing Touch of Christ WorkshopsOur Success Stories
Where will money for all this come from? Give a Donation or a Recurring Financial Dedication today.
OUR PARTNERS & GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS
Where can we refer Refugees to?
USIZO LWETHU CLINIC AT THE DENIS HURLEY CENTRE
REFUGEES SOCIAL SERVICES
helping only those who are UNHCR recognised refugees and asylum seekers with Section 22 permits
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRANTS
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
for grants and documentation of unaccompanied children
DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS