The Give Responsibly initiative, endorsed by the Stellenbosch Municipality, produces coupons which can be exchanged for a nutritious meal or a night’s stay at the Stellenbosch Night Shelter. It is an easy and effective way to help. Simply buy paper-based coupons from participating shops and pass them onto to homeless people instead of offering money.
When you encounter people in town who need help, it’s often hard to know what, to do. Sometimes it’s easier to look away than to engage – avoiding awkward or uncomfortable exchanges completely. Perhaps you’re irritated by the intrusion on your day; overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in need; or want to help, but unsure of the best way to make a difference.
This is exactly what prompted Stellenbosch resident Charl Reyneke, to initiate an effective alternative to helping people who have turned to begging in order to survive. Today the project is coordinated and managed by the Stellenbosch Night Shelter.
In Stellenbosch, free lunch is available (Monday – Friday) at the Bergzicht Taxi Rank at 12h00.
The reality is that people can collect (just) enough money through begging to avoid starvation, but not enough to change their situation. Often too, money is spent on alcohol or drugs as they try their best to escape the reality of life on the streets.
The Give Responsibly initiative, is endorsed by the Stellenbosch Municipality, and produces coupons which can be exchanged for a night’s stay at the Stellenbosch Night Shelter and includes two meals. It is an easy and effective way to help. Simply buy paper-based coupons from participating shops and pass them onto to homeless people instead of offering money.
“We want to foster kindness, mutual respect and dignity during encounters between people in need and the general public, whilst providing the opportunity for beneficiaries to receive further support.”
And this is the long-term goal of the Give Responsily programme. As coupon recipients exchange their coupons for shelter, they are able to connect with NGOs and partnering organisations in order to receive additional support and services.
Help us and give responsibly by purchasing coupons at any one of Stellenbosch’s participating outlets (the logos are listed on the website).
Are you a business owner who would like to become actively involved in the Give Responsibly campaign by selling coupons? Interested parties/potential vendors can contact Michelle Aalbers on Michelle.Aalbers@stellenbosch.gov.za.
Your donation goes towards helping the homeless in Stellenbosch, through food programs, the coupon project and upliftment initiatives. Any donation helps.
Stellenbosch Night Shelter
ABSA Current Account
Account number: 1060131020
Branch code: 632005