Social issues Report August 2021

Thank-you to everyone who donated towards the extension of the Obz Rainbow House keeping their doors open during the coldest recorded winter in 10 years.

The Obz Rainbow House is a supported housing model, piloted by OBSID, and assists its residents by offering accommodation as well as psychosocial support during the day in work sites.

It all started on Tuesday the 8th of June when the Obs Pasta Kitchen and concerned members of the community gathered online to brainstorm ideas on how to keep the Obz Rainbow house open during the chilly months of winter as OBSID funding was coming to an end. A LIVE zoom open day gave the beneficiaries at the house to answer any questions and plea with the community for support.

We are proud to say through generous donations R20 000 was donated towards the rental. A big thank-you to everyone that supported.

The house will be closing at the end of the month and if you would like to assist in anyway please email [email protected] or call 021 448 7090.


The Obs Pasta Kitchen celebrates their 4th birthday!
Some might think the Obs Pasta Kitchen is only a weekly meal distributed on the village green servicing the poor and hungry. Due to COVID 19 regulations this might look like the case.

The Obs Pasta Kitchen was started in 2017 by volunteers in the community of Obs and surrounds with the intention to give a feeling of belongingness to the less fortunate in our community. What started as a distribution of a hot bowl of pasta outside Ferdinandos pizza turned into a sit down dinner at St Michaels hall every Wednesday at 6pm.

From the dining hall of the church deep connections were made with long time homeless members of Observatory and more meaningful conversations were started which bore the idea of Working Wednesdays – a work program cleaning the neighbourhood of Observatory for your “wish” in exchange.

This was popular and many of the guests could be found cleaning and weeding the streets on a Wednesday until the wishes were up and the toll of needing permanent volunteers set in.

Thus Working on Wellness Wednesday’s were born. The motto “we only do big change” stuck as we decided to invest in those who wanted to take the next step off the streets by fundraising for rehabilitation, supportive housing or a dream to study etc.

Our Wednesday work session evolved into a two hour session at the Shelley street hall where participants learn human values, life skills, positive ways to deal with stress, yoga and meditation. This is where you come if you are eager to take the next step off the streets, where we can journey together.

Today we hold three weekly human values sessions – in conjunction with Streetscapes supportive housing in the city bowl and Kuilsriver.

The Obs pasta kitchen was pivotal in the outbreak of Covid 19, using its trusted name to fundraise for the needs of the community.

Ladles of Love has been adopted as the new kitchen for the Obs Pasta Kitchen until we can sit down peacefully again at the St Michaels church hall.

Thank you to Ladles of Love for all your generous support through this time because of your goodwill we can support the ObsCAN with their lunches. It’s full circle here!

The Obs Pasta Kitchen has a vision of supporting the long term homeless community of Obs take the next step and get off the street and live their true potential.

Viva Obs Pasta Kitchen!
Happy 4th birthday!

Details for Obs Pasta kitchen donations
Account holder: International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: 250737, Lenasia
Account: 62045616119
Reference: Obspasta + your name

Kimon Kiki
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Calling +27646761626