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Ophelp Projekte is in partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions (see block below) and has taken note of some interesting facts highlighted in a recent research report from this organisation.

Khulisa research found that:
Homeless people not involved in a paid work programme, like Ophelp Projekte, commit twice as much crime as those who are.

The number of crimes committed decreases by 58% when the offender is involved with a paid work programme.

The average homeless person with a criminal record has more than two cases against him or her. During the time of involvement at Ophelp Projekte the cases decrease to less than one.

Another aspect of the report focused on the services that Ophelp Projekte delivers to companies. The bridge that is built between homeless people and the companies that make use of Straatwerk’s services also stood out.

95% of the companies involved with Straatwerk view homeless people as reliable, in contrast with 35% of companies that are not involved with Straatwerk.

100% of the companies interviewed said that they’ll continue to make use of Straatwerk’s services.

75% was of the opinion that they’ll make use of Straatwerk’s other services as their businesses grow.

100% said that they’ll recommend Straatwerk to other companies like their own.

The companies interviewed were also of the opinion that Straatwerk and Ophelp Projekte services are:

  • affordable and reliable services;
  • easily accessible;
  • able to work outside of normal working hours, like weekends and evenings;
  • quick to respond when help is needed;
  • reliable;
  • not in need of supervision; and
  • offers continuity (no need to explain something more than once).

Companies that are not involved with Straatwerk have a more negative attitude towards homeless people than companies that are. 75% of these companies battle to cooperate with homeless people because of a lack of trust.

Khulisa Social Solutions is an NGO that addresses social vulnerabilities as a systemic problem. The organisation works with a variety of roleplayers, including corporations, NGOs and government to co-ordinate and facilitate projects that engage poverty alleviation, crime reduction, victim empowerment, enterprise development and community upliftment.

For more information about their work, visit their website at

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