REFUGEE HAND UP - NOT HAND OUT
- By: Peter Henochsberg
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/jean-jacques
I am Peter Henochsberg, a 61 year old retired social worker. I am raising funds for a friend and refugee from the DRC who needs a hand up, not a hand out.
Jean-Jacques (I am withholding his surname to protect him), is a 48 year old refugee from the DRC who has been in South Africa since he was 24. I have known him for about 15 years. This man is fluent in six languages, being able to speak all four of the languages spoken in the DRC, as well as French and English. He has a brilliant mind, lovely sense of humour and a positive attitude, despite the incredible abuse and trauma that he suffered in the Congo as a child. He has always been self-supporting and able to use his skills to made a comfortable living. However, after a financial set back, he has slowly been ground down by the shocking mistreatment by the State (Dept of Home Affairs) in SA.
Theoretically, refugees can access resources in SA such as a bank account, medical services, driver's licence, etc., but if you don't have a bar coded SA Id, nowadays, you can't access anything. Currently, he is destitute and living on the streets in Cape Town, eeking out an existence by washing cars. Many days he goes hungry. Despite this, he uses the library to access a computer so that he can write his story. To date, due to my own financial constraints, I have been able to give him only the occasional hand-out to buy some food or stay in a shelter. However, Jean-Jacques needs a HAND UP, not a hand out.
I am trying to get approximately R5000 per month for the next three months, to provide Jean-Jacques with a roof over his head and food in his stomach, in a conducive environment where he can not only work on his journalism, but can also seek employment. He also needs funds to retain attorneys to help him get the SA Id document he needs from Home Affairs. (Sadly, it takes specialist lawyers to bash down the barriers to entry in Home Affairs.)
Funds will be used as follows: R5000 per month for three months for living costs. R5000 to retain a lawyer to take up his case with Home Affairs.
An old notebook computer would be of great benefit to his writing skills. His was stolen.
Your donation will help an incredible man, with a fantastic mind and sense of justice, who strives to help his fellow refugees from the DRC, to get his life back on track.
The funds will go directly to the support of Jean-Jacques. Unfortunately, he does not have a bank account as, being a refugee with no SA barcode ID, and of no fixed address, he cannot open one. I, being a retired social worker, who also has an MBA degree, will administer his funds for him.
- Jun 28, 2019 - R 210.00
- "Wishing you well, Jean-Jacques" - Anonymous