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Mandela Week – a time of service to homeless people

Washing feet

This year, our Mandela Day service spanned an entire week, as the Siyabonga Team took our “Walk with Dignity” campaign to the streets of Brakpan, Springs, Benoni and Boksburg.

Our mission was to restore a sense of dignity to homeless people, by washing their feet and providing them with warm socks, food and juice.

“We encounter many homeless and forgotten people who do not have access to basic health and hygiene facilities, such as a toilet or shower,” said Carol Mofokeng, Siyabonga Africa’s Street-to-Feet programme manager.

“This year’s theme was inspired by the biblical act of washing feet to express love and concern for those living on the streets. Their bodies have taken a toll, especially their feet, from days of endless walking in the city and performing odd jobs to sustain themselves,” she added.

“We know many are addicted to drugs and through this initiative we want to open a line of communication to get them to rehabilitation centres and help them reconcile and reconnect with their families as changed men.”

Mandela Day may be over, but Siyabonga Africa continue to work with the homeless in Ekurhuleni, to promote healthy living and kindness and to pull the homeless from the streets and into programmes to help better their lives.”

Thanks to everyone who supported our “Walk with Dignity” campaign – as well as volunteers from Buyisa Ubuntu, Springs SAPS Youth Desk and Dynamic Health Education and Training Institution who rolled up their sleeves, put on gloves and began washing the feet of the homeless alongside the Siyabonga Africa team.

Click here for more photos of the team in action.

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