Street Store on Saturday

2017-08-16 06:05

THE annual Pietermaritzburg Street Store takes place this Saturday at Freedom Square where homeless people will get free clothing.

They will be allowed to select five items, including sanitary pads.

Mandy Chibambo, an organiser of the Street Store, said it’s been three years since they began this initiative and are now working with Msunduzi Municipality to help homeless people.

“There will be separate sections for men and women. There will also be Department of Health staff to assist those with medical problems, Home Affairs to help those who don’t have identity documents and birth certificates as well as social services,” said Chibambo.

She said they are doing this because they want to engage with homeless people and find out what their problems are.

“Having people living on the streets is becoming a huge problem in Pietermaritzburg and we want to find out why are they on the street.

“Some of them don’t have homes and need help. We want to find out their issues because you can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is.”

Chibambo said although they have sponsors, they still need people to donate clothes and toiletries. “We are helping every homeless person in Pietermaritzburg and need people to help us. We have volunteers who will be helping on the day, but we still need more. We also trying to get people together in the spirit of ubuntu.

“We also ask people to spread the word and tell homeless people to come through on Saturday and get clothes,” she said.

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