Johannesburg is a dream and home of many people coming from all over Africa hoping to get a better life in the African Eldorado. In many cases the shattered dreams turn into nightmares. Those men and women meet the locals who in some cases didn’t also make it in their homeland.
It is heart breaking to see someone live on the street. Many of them have stories worth hearing; living down in the subways, taxi parks or sleeping on open sky in the streets. These people are shunned, despised and inhumanly treated. They are often beaten, bullied and robbed.
These Homeless people are dear to the heart of God. Most people today are more worried about themselves. As Changing Nations Ministries, we are committed to bring awareness on the daily hardship of the homeless.
Being on the street all the time, facing many challenges beyond their capacity, i.e. being beaten, bullied, robbed, sexually abused, hungry, etc., pushes few of them into a life of crime, addiction to drugs and alcohol. It’s always a lot out there because some have epileptic attacks and serious health issues. Others are psychotic and schizophrenic. They can't function in society and so they end up as the outcasts, rejected and unwanted on the streets and in the entire community.
The Ministry would provide a daily meal 7 days a week, together with other role-players. All is about giving hope to those men and women. They are also given counselling and supported in their effort to get new jobs and thus come out of the street. The support includes help in developing their CV preparation; support them with resources whenever an interview was scheduled, clothing, and shelter (for a few of them). Until today, we still receive positive testimonies from those who benefited from the program.
We particularly thank Johannesburg Metro Police for the advice and protection they have provided for the ministry volunteers.
Park Station is a public concourse and main railway station in Central Johannesburg and is home to hundreds of homeless people. It is for men, women, and children who turn scraps of plastic, cardboard, and blankets into beds. Some have even built cardboard box shacks. The homeless population in this area increases at night and the end of each month.
On top of lacking meals, they also lack blankets, toilet facilities, toiletries, running water hence leaving the overall sanitation poor. As a result, diseases spread fast. People are exposed to harsh weather conditions especially during winter.
The crime rate is high out there and in shelters; the victims are always particularly vulnerable women. They are mugged, robbed, raped and often harassed and exploited.