Refugee Social Services (RSS) is a Durban based registered NPO (not for profit organization).
The organization provides social services primarily for refugees and asylum seekers in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Services are mainly located in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as these two cities are the largest in Kwa-Zulu Natal and host the majority of refugee communities. Durban has the larger refugee and asylum seeker population.
- To be a global leader in providing a holistic quality, innovative service to attain integration and independence.
- To provide relevant programmes that promote psychological well-being and social economic independence
- To work in partnership with refugees and other stakeholders through lobbying and advocacy
- To engage in and utilise research to inform programmes and policy
- To develop and empowered multidisciplinary approach
- Emergency social assistance which includes security food, accommodation and medical care for new arrivals and those who find themselves in difficulty
- Professional counselling (individual and group) for those who have experienced trauma, and /or referrals to local service providers for specialised services
- Facilitating access to education into both primary and secondary schools, and Educational Support through French and English classes for refugee learners
- Child Protection Services: Life Skills Training to promote self-reliance, integration and independence
- Facilitating Voluntary repatriation and other durable solutions
Who do we assist?
WE assist asylum seekers and refugees with a legitimate refugee claim and preferably with documentation from the South African Department of Home Affairs. We focus on the most vulnerable within the community these being the: children, especially unaccompanied and separated minors and orphans
- Aged persons
- Disabled persons
- Chronically ill persons
- Single parent households
- Newcomers to the country
Who is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee his/her country under the threat of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group; due to conflict and war, and cannot return to his/her country.
Who is an asylum seeker?
An asylum seeker is someone who has made an application to be recognised as a refugee but whose application for refuge is still being processed.
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