Safe Space is an initiative that provides a voice to the voiceless and homeless in the society using street soccer as a tool to create resources and support for youths to transition into independence in safe, planned and supported ways.
We reach out to homeless youth through street outreach (soccer) and mobile outreach services and once we engage with homeless youth, we provide assistance that ranges from connecting them to partners that can help through vocational trainings, business startups, paying a first month’s rent, offer permanent supportive housing for them to become stable and productive members of their communities.
We have found that, without supportive services, housing is often not enough to end homelessness. From helping homeless youth, to providing assistance in obtaining disability benefits, to providing transportation, enroll in the back to school, to offering intensive job training assistance to homeless veterans, we operate a number of innovative supportive services programs to support our efforts of ending homelessness in Zambia.
We provide tools, curricula, and programs designed to raise awareness and reduce risk factors related to homelessness and child sexual abuse. We prevent youth homelessness, and promote student wellbeing as well as increase school engagement.