In 2013 a much-needed project was started, teaching English to refugees.   It was put on hold in January 2014, due to a shortage of funds, but was restarted in May, thanks to the Johannesburg Catholic Refugee Office, St Richards Parish in the UK, and an organization in Europe. This project is hugely successful, with really good attendance. By the end of 2014, 5 courses will have been run this year, and we will continue from mid-January next year. The photos below show some of the students writing their exam on 11 November and one of our Mercy House residents, Burundian Richard,  getting his certificate from his teacher at the end of the beginners’ course. 
The above-mentioned achievements are part of what keeps us who work at Mercy House busy.  There is in addition the heavy load of assisting refugees with their papers.  Here we owe a big debt of gratitude to our supportive attorney, Mr Neels Coertse, and our co-worker, Emmanuel, who dedicate a huge amount of time, without any remuneration, to this difficult field of our work. May God reward you.