Advocacy Outreach Project in Bellville

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The Advocacy Programme has started a new outreach project in partnership with the Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) at the Bellville Education Centre (BEC) in Bellville, which provides English lessons to Somalis in the Cape Town area. The Scalabrini Centre has a strong relationship with SASA. Previously, the Advocacy Programme provided assistance to individuals who were referred by SASA from the BEC at our main Cape Town office. Due in part to high demand for services, as well as the difficulty some individuals face in travelling to Cape Town, the Advocacy Outreach Project was developed to better serve the Somali community and to reach individuals previously unable to seek assistance in relation to permit issues and service access. The project began in September and involves a weekly visit to Bellville.Two months into the project, the Advocacy Programme has provided assistance to 50 individuals. Common issues of concern involve expired permits that were issued at other Refugee Reception Offices, assistance with appeal requests, and assistance with family joining applications. Funding by the US State Department Bureau of Population and Refugee Movements (PRM) has made the new Advocacy Outreach Programme possible.

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