MONITORING, RESEARCH & INVESTIGATIONS
DMPSP constantly monitors and investigates issues that lead to displacement, be it migration, natural occurrences or violence related. We have taken a special interest in xenophobia in South Africa, its root causes, tendencies and incidents. In this we have a working relationship with the UNHCR in monitoring such issues and conducting workshops in communities in preventing xenophobic related violence. Our research data is geared towards providing information and reports required by Ngo’s, other Institutions and Governments in order to decide policy and provide services.
Our work in this field also provides a platform from which DMPSP can advocate the plight of the Displaced and choose the best course of action in supporting and assisting people that are in dire need.
Our Investigations are focused on :
Economic Migratory patterns into South Africa.
Displaced and Homeless Children.
Incidents of Xenophobia and displacement by Xenophobia.
Immigration Legislation in Southern Africa – Application and Policing.
Inter-cultural Xenophobic Attitudes amongst local ethnic groups in South Africa.
Displacement due to conflict and Natural Disasters.
Human Trafficking into South Africa.
We also investigate and monitor the issues surrounding the handling and processing of Immigrants and refugees by the Dept of Home Affairs, and other institutions.
DMPSP provides reports on investigations and assessments to media, various Civil Society Organizations that require such information. Reporting, however is mostly directed at the Humanitarian Assistance Network of South Africa (HAN-SA), which distributes requirements for relief to various stakeholders.
We also report issues around possible displacement through violence etc to various government departments, including the South African Police Force, Local and Provincial government Structures and the UNHCR.
Issues surrounding the migrants at the Central Methodist Church.
Migrant and Street children – Drop in Centers and shelters.
Allocation of displaced into shelters and homes in our network.
Volunteer workers conducting counseling, peer education and education on HIV, AIDS, Hygiene, nutrition and a healthy state of mind.
Self-sustaining working farm Shelter Project.
Employment Networking for displaced and migrants.
Displacement and Relief
DMPSP has launched the BOANET Campaign. BOA ME NA, ME MMOA WO (“Help me and let me help you”) The BOANET .Forum is about Cooperation and Interdependence
The campaign aims to create a network amongst individuals from migrant and marginalized communities, civil society and faith based organizations that will provide a monitoring and support network.
Such a network will not only provide critical information (especially that related to possible violence) that allow for preventative measures to be implemented, but will also serve as a platform for information of relevance to dealing with displacement and relief to be easily disseminated.
The network is aimed at mobilizing individuals, communities and civil society organizations in providing emergency temporary relief to victims. This emergency relief allows a period of reprieve for effective support to be coordinated by relief agencies.
The BOANET campaign is focused on ensuring that the following emergency support or relief can be mobilized :
> Blankets and Clothing
> Non perishable Food stuffs and Food Parcels.
> Provision of Meals.
> Provision of Emergency Shelter.
> Development of Home Sheltering Network.
Organizations who can contribute should register by providing basic details of the organization and its capabilities via email to email@example.com.
The BOANET sms Portal is also now active. Individuals can register by sending an sms with the word “help” followed by the area they are in and the type of assistance they can provide. e.g. : “help Sandton Blankets” to 38083
The system has also been set up to create an information dissemination system for foreign migrants around issues of xenophobia etc. Foreign nationals can register on the system to receive info updates of relevance to them by sending an sms with the word “help” followed by country of origin and language of preference. e.g. : “help Congo French”..
INTER-CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The aim of DMPSP in this project is to promote better inter-cultural understanding amongst people and nations on our planet. As such we are in the process of establishing an ambitious project where exchange programs are being set up for youth to visit integrate and study peoples of different cultures in different areas and countries.
In attempting to deal with the issue of Xenophobia in South Africa, DMPSP realized that the long term view would be to tackle the mind-set of the youth. As such we have partnered up with AFS (American Field Service) in providing our organization with international and regional volunteers that form the core of our Research and Emergency Support Team (REST).
These volunteers which interact on a daily basis with communities play an important role in creating a platform for inter- cultural understanding and building community cohesion. Their activities and input have been invaluable in building bridges, and they have a lasting impact on the perceptions and understanding of local communities (especially under- privileged communities) towards foreigners.
We currently have volunteers from Germany, Sweden and Mozambique on our staff
Sibanye Youth Exchange Program
The SIBANYE (We are One) Program aims to establish a network of SIBANYE Youth Groups in each of the SADC countries, where youth will come together with the common goal of promoting dignity, unity, cultural understanding, tolerance, service to humanity and to develop the identity, characteristics as well as responsibilities of being a global citizen.
At present a working relationship already exists between DMPSP and the MILITIA Cadet Program together with the Boy Scouts from Kinshasa in Congo. We wish to spread this program to other neighbouring countries with the view of hosting regular combined camps at various locations in the Southern African Region.
This is an initiative towards nurturing an understanding amongst youth of various nationalities and language groups in preventing xenophobic attitudes.