We have highlighted 5 priority CIVIC SUPPORT PROJECTS FOCUS Areas, which we intent to concentrate on this year.
a. MONITORING : We intend to increase our monitoring activities around issues which lead to displacement. Specifically those of informal settlements which are prone to Flooding, Fires and xenophobic violence / political Instability.
We will also be monitoring politically related violence in South Africa as we head up towards the Local Govt Elections this year.
As the deadline for registration of Zimbabweans expired on the 31 Dec 2010, we intent to increase our monitoring with regards to Repatriation Activities being undertaken by the South African Govt. Specifically we will monitor the activities around arrests by the Police and Home Affairs, as well as keeping a close eye on the activities taking place at the Lindela Detention and Repatriation Centre.
We will also be expanding our monitoring and assessment activities to Cape Town this Year.
b. INTERVENTIONS : In 2010 DMPSP started conducting conflict resolution interventions in areas that had been affected by Xenophobic Violence. We intend to increase such interventions this year in order to prevent any displacement through violence.
We will be conducting awareness campaigns and workshops in communities in order to assist in bringing about community cohesion and tolerance.
c. SHELTER KITS : Our experience with issues of displacement, as well as having noted that there is a lack of availability of shelters to accommodate people that have been displaced, has necessitated that we acquire and have on standby SHELTER KIT’s to deploy at any time to places where shelter is immediately required for displaced people.
In 2010 alone we experienced about half a dozen major incidents of displacement in Gauteng Province alone, proper emergency shelters where hardly available and hundreds of people were left homeless and without any shelter for days before any assistance could reach them.
We would like to have Emergency Shelter Kits that we can deploy at a moment’s notice to immediately provide vulnerable people with shelter and assistance.
d. YOUTH EXCHANGE : This year we wish to send at least 30 YOUTH from areas that have been identified as Xenophobic Hot Spots in South Africa, to visit neighbouring countries on a ten day tour. This aims to educated the YOUTH and provide deeper understanding of the conditions and circumstances that lead to migration. We hope that sending youth from such areas will assist in decreasing the xenophobic attitudes and tendencies in the area.
e. SCHOOL FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN : We have decided to adopt the school at Trinity Church in Yoeville as a project this year.
The small school being run out of borrowed premises at the Trinity Church in Yeoville has approximately 130 children, from toddlers to 17 year old’s, which are displaced and orphaned children of refugees and migrants.
The school has been run so far with volunteer teachers and no desks or chairs for the kids. Our partners the MILITIA TRUST (www.militia.org.za) donated about 150 school text books in 2010 but a lot more assistance is needed for this school.
We sincerely wish you a productive and joyful year in 2011. Happy New Year.