Psycho-Social Intervention Services Programme
Education for Children Programme
The objective of the programme is to assist vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers with material assistance such as accommodation, food vouchers, clothes, and blankets, as well as to provide psycho-social support in the form of counseling or referral to appropriate institutions. Two Social Workers and one Social Counselor work fulltime in this programme and conduct thorough assessments of all beneficiaries to the programme.
CTRC offers financial assistance to refugee and asylum seeker learners, contributing to the payment of school fees and transportation as well as the purchasing of books, school supplies/stationary, and uniforms. The Centre also offers language programmes for French speaking learners and those who need remedial English classes. CTRC has worked to create a network of support for refugee and asylum seeker learners and their parents through various groups and committees.
Empowerment and Self-Reliance Programme
The programme is designed to equip refugees and asylum seekers with practical and technical skills for employment, and to facilitate a process of initiating income generating ventures for refugees and asylum seekers fto achieve self-reliance and economic independence. In addition to the above activities, CTRC advocates and lobbies with relevant state departments, networks with stakeholders and engages in fundraising activities to support the refugee programmes in the Western Cape.
The majority of vulnerable refugees reside in marginalized and deprived communities which have a legacy of high unemployment and a lack of socio-economic progress. Even those who live with their friends or relatives in the suburbs are faced with high levels of unemployment and no source of income. Owing to limited employment and self-employment opportunities, even the highly educated and skilled refugees/asylum seekers find it difficult to survive.
To enable refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into the host communities and build their own livelihoods, CTRC seeks to support self-employment as the best form of assistance. To fulfill this goal, the Empowerment and Self-reliance Programme was established with the following three components: