A visible presence in town
Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
Caring of migrants and refugees through many projects, in order to assist them and promoting integration and human rights
The Scalabrini Fathers have been providing welfare services in Cape Town to displaced communities since 1994. Starting off as religious assistance to different communities of migrants, the Fathers were soon confronted with the problems experienced by refugees from Angola, the Congos, Rwanda, Burundi and other African communities, and it became necessary to offer more tangible assistance. Starting with the distribution of food and clothing under the Welcoming Programme in 1998, expanding to include a development agenda in 2003 followed by the establishment of Lawrence House, a home for abandoned and orphaned refugee children in 2005, the Fathers formed a secular non-government organisation, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (SCCT) to run these projects.
Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the Scalabrini Centre is committed to alleviating poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering integration between migrants, refugees and South Africans. In providing our assistance we advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.
Inspired by the teachings and actions of John Baptist Scalabrini, the Scalabrini Centre offers a welcoming environment that is open to all and where each individual is valued and treated with dignity.
Guided by a sense of humility we promote respect for cultural diversity.
To foster the cultural, social and economic integration of migrants, refugees and South Africans into local society
How we assist migrants and refugees through our Projects' Areas
Protecting, promoting and advancing the rights and freedoms of migrants and refugees
Providing a gateway to employment
Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need
Providing a specialised English language school for refugees and migrants
A multi-national network of women
Provoking critical thinking and activism in Youth