A committed team of volunteers, mostly members of St. Francis Church in Simon’s Town, make up the Trust’s committee. The trust completed the first house in 2010 and the second opened in September, 2015. The children, six in each home are cared for by their appointed foster mothers. The Trust operates in the South Peninsula – primarily in the township of Masiphumelele. The trust has entered into partnership with Home from Home an organization that has about 30 foster homes affiliated to it.
The St Francis Outreach Trust recognises the urgent need to provide adequate care for children who have been orphaned and abandoned through parents and caregivers falling ill from HIV/AIDS. The Trust’s flagship project is the building and management of foster homes, the Homes to Grow. These foster homes provide nurturing family environments for children and provide them with the opportunity to grow up without the stigma of living in institutional children’s homes.
Home from Home has created a successful model for operating foster homes, and the Homes to Grow are run according to this model. The affiliation ensures that children are cared for in a way that has their best interests at heart, and the Trust is confident that the children living in the Homes to Grow are given the ideal environment in which to grow and develop their full potentials.