Rea Thusana Foundation

Rea Thusana Foundation (RTF) is a non-profit organisation (NPO) serving people experiencing homelessness in Muizenberg (Cape Town, South Africa). The name is borrowed from the Sotho expression for “we help one another”, expressing the heart to focus on giving a hand-up (rather than a handout) to empower/strengthen abused and homeless women and children.

Stories of Hope

Shirley

Shirley used to stay on the mountainside near Muizenberg. During Rea Thusana Foundation (RTF)’s group mentorship sessions, she shared that her drug addiction kept her from taking care of her daughter and staying off the streets.

During lockdown, RTF helped her to move to the micro-site at the Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS)  for four months, enabling her rehabilitation through Parkwood Matrix Site in and temporary employment with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). RTF also assisted with arranging housing in-between job opportunities as she took care of her daughter and gave birth to another. “My children is my reason for change,” Shirley says.

Quintin

Quintin is a local car guard in Muizenberg. Rea Thusana Foundation (RTF) connected with him through conversation on the street.

RTF supported him through his recovery journey at Freeway Rehabilitation Centre in 2020, as well as entry to the U-turn Homeless Ministries programme, reconciliation with his children and housing through the City Social Housing Institution (SHI) project.

Currently participating in U-turn’s job readiness exit programme, Quintin says, “I was homeless, not hopeless.”

Our Vision

Rea Thusana Foundation’s vision is to defend the rights and restore the dignity of people experiencing homelessness in South Africa.

Our Mission

Rea Thusana Foundation’s mission is to empower the forgotten, the disenfranchised, the destitute and the vulnerable of the society, by rehabilitating and equipping them with life skills and knowledge to create and find jobs and affordable homes, and hopefully reconcile with their families.

Our Vision

Rea Thusana Foundation’s vision is to defend the rights and restore the dignity of people experiencing homelessness in South Africa.

Our Mission

Rea Thusana Foundation’s mission is to empower the forgotten, the disenfranchised, the destitute and the vulnerable of the society, by rehabilitating and equipping them with life skills and knowledge to create and find jobs and affordable homes, and hopefully reconcile with their families.