A non-profit organisation in the heart of Cape Town is providing dignity and opportunity to many homeless Capetonians who do not have access to running water.
Imagine not having a place to wash yourself, wash your clothes and start the day fresh and clean? Imagine not having access to toiletries and soap and toothpaste? That’s the daily struggle of thousands of South Africans. Thanks to the Carpenter’s Shop in Roeland Street, people living on the Mother City’s streets do have a place to wash themselves. Director Dee Wills says there are just under 800 people on their database of which about 40 use their facilities on a daily basis. According to Wills it’s a huge battle to find employment if one is not clean and presentable, hence this service. The shower facilities, which are available daily from 8-10am on weekdays, however are in urgent need of upgrading. Wills has called on caring Capetonions to open their hearts and donate R100 per month to help them with their upgrading project, Fresh Start. (For more information, visit http://www.tcs.org.za/.)
The Carpenter’s Shop also provides short-term rehabilitation services, training and accommodation to people in need.