The word Haven can be defined simply as a place of refuge and safety. The word has its roots in German & Dutch with the original meaning being harbour or port. The word haven, to us at least, evokes images of battle worn ships dropping anchor and mooring close to shore after the ravages of war. It’s descriptive of a place where weary souls are able to find rest after being cast adrift in the stormy seas of life. A place of quiet and calm. A place free of the crashing waves and the biting cold of the spray of an angry ocean. A place where worn out sailors can rest their sea legs and find solid ground that doesn’t heave or rise and fall with the prevailing weather.
Established in 1978 in Cape Town, South Africa, the Haven Night Shelter was founded with the goal of helping adults living in the streets find temporary shelter while trying to re-integrate them back into society. This is done through rehabilitation opportunities, social welfare services, family reunification services, physical care and support to those who are committed to re-integration. Over the years, the Haven Night Shelter has partnered with religious institutions, organisations, welfare bodies, service providers, businesses, government departments, local authorities and individuals who are concerned with the care and welfare of the destitute.
Keeping in-step with its mission to partner up with charity organisations and help them reduce their running costs, the DUKKS Foundation partnered up with the Haven Night Shelters to install a photo-voltaic electricity system at one of their shelters. This system installed at the Shelter at 2 Napier Street, Cape Town, helps lower electricity consumption and reduce dependance on the City of Cape Town’s electricity grid. Additionally, the DUKKS Foundation was also able to sponsor a bi-directional electricity meter which will help the Shelter receive credit for any excess electricity generated and fed back into the Grid.
In correspondence with the team that installed the system, Hassan Khan, current CEO of the Haven Night Shelter Welfare Organisation shared some of his thoughts on the new photo-voltaic installation:
“Thank you so much for helping the Haven reduce its energy costs. We spend 11% of the state subsidy paying for electricity. Your help frees up money for helping more people back to a home, family or community of their choice.Hassan Khan, CEO, Haven Night Shelter Welfare Organisation
Bless you and your team.”
The photo-voltaic electricity system installed will hopefully go a long away in ensuring that the Shelter at 2 Napier Street is able to keep its doors open for much longer. In addition, the services they render will be able to assist more and more adults trapped in the streets find purpose and meaning in life and ultimately re-unite with their loved ones. To re-unite not just in a temporary shelter but a permanent one. A true safe haven.