The Adonis Musati Project was named after a young Zimbabwean and former police officer in Chimanimani who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while waiting to get his asylum papers at Nyanga Refugee Reception Center. Gahlia Brogneri, Terry Hodson and some fellow Zimbabweans living in Cape Town decided then to form the charity at the end of 2007 in order to try to ensure that no refugee will ever die of starvation in Cape Town ever again.
A former schoolteacher from Zimbabwe, Terry Hodson maintains strong ties with her home as family members still live there. Like many of us she returns home almost every year, and she hopes she will be able to persuade her South African husband to retire there.
While she has always empathized with refugees from the economic, social, and political trauma in Zimbabwe, it was the death of Mr. Musati that pushed her into action to help those who cross the border from Zimbabwe or other countries in any way she can. “I feel really strongly about all the suffering,” she says. “So much has been messed up (in Zimbabwe). The whole social structure and fabric has been torn apart.”
“If anything went right (in Zimbabwe) tomorrow, and they could get work, they would go home,” Hodson says. “A lot of them just want to make a better life for their families. So they come here thinking they can make a lot of money to send back, but it doesn’t work. Then they want to go back to their families.” So on top of helping with food and accommodation, the Adonis Musati project also raises funds to send home one Zimbabwean a month who wants to go back as, the expense of returning to Zimbabwe is often beyond a refugee’s means.
The project also helps refugees compile résumés for job interviews, distributes food, clothes and sleeping bags, and recently opened a halfway house for 12 refugee orphan boys.
How you can help
Adonis Musati Project is funded entirely by donations and run solely by volunteers and everything the organization has goes directly to the refugees and asylum seekers.
If you would like to help and can’t or don’t want to just donate money, you can help with providing things like sewing machines, tools, mattresses, blankets, clothing, food etc. Or if you are in Cape Town you could donate some of your time doing things like collecting and sorting clothes, providing transport, distribute food, assist those in need of medical help
supply food, help with administrative functions or help to raise funds.