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Moth Building: Homeless in Johannesburg
Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
06 Jan 2016

In the heart of Johannesburg, mere minutes away from the city's central train station, an enigmatic sign looms: "MOTH." Although hundreds and thousands of people pass it every single day, most have no awareness of what goes on inside.

It is In fact a rudimentary shelter for over 400 people. One that is cramped, uncomfortable, unsanitary and, supposedly, temporary. The residents moved in six years ago, thinking they wouldn't be staying long. They arrived after being evicted from their old apartment blocks, torn down to make room for a gleaming shopping mall.

The group was told they would be given a short-term place to live, something that would last for, at most, one year. Six years later, nothing has happened. The living conditions grow worse, the residents more desperate and yet outside, life goes on.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Many of the over 400 residents that live in here don't have their own room. Instead they use curtains as walls.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Dineo Mokgwetsi is a single mother. Like many others here, she doesn't have a job, and her opportunities are very limited. She cannot even afford to send her 5 year old daughter Dineo to school.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Some of the homeless children in Moth Building.

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Johannesburg
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31 May 2015

Busi bathing her children in one of the shower booths in the building. There is only cold water, and many of the toilets in the rooms don't work, creating unsanitary conditions and smelling from human feces.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Moth children play on the balcony like skipping rope and singing songs. One of the songs says "The cockroach is in my house, the cockroach is in my house".

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Butle Mohekse watches over a friend's child in the building. All of the women take care of the others children and make sure they are safe.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Trophies displayed in someone's space inside the Moth building.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Even though the situation and environment is bad, the children is taken care of as much as possible. Mothers make sure the children are well fed and care for them, hoping they will have a better life when they grow up.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Ntokozo smoking a cigarette and trying to keep his head straight. In the background, two of his friends are passed out. The weekends in Moth Building is filled with heavy drinking and music from Friday morning until Monday.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

A resident in the building is ironing her clothes after washing them. She does it once a week, just to make sure she has some routine in her daily life.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

The place is very crowded, and there is not much room and space for all. Some of the residents sleep in bunkbeds, others on old mattresses, like Rianda Ethel.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Magdalena Gadende wants to be a model and a dancer when she grows up.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

This man lives in the basement in the building. He has no electricity, like many others down there.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

A view from inside the Moth Building in Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg
By Fred Lerneryd
31 May 2015

Itumeleng is one of the many children in the building. The future for the children here is very limited, without any money it is hard for them to even attend school.

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Algerian Food Bank Initiative
Algiers, Algeria
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian Food Bank is the largest food bank in the history of Algeria. Initiated by SIDRA Association July 5, 2013, our project has a non-profit aims to collect, manage and share food and to free or almost free of charge to the poorest of effective and sustainable manner. We act at the national level through partner organizations to respond to food emergencies in the most remote areas. Our campaigns involve different sectors of society in a voluntary action and is based on the energy and freshness of Algerian youth to achieve innovative and effective against hunger and malnutrition campaigns.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian families involved and interact positively with the charitable initiative to help the poor

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Special logo including a special initiative wants to donate

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers of Algerian Food Bank initiative exchange a conversation.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

The last recommendations before the start of the actual application of the initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Coordinator of the project is to encourage and motivate volunteers

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Participation of different age groups of children

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Great enthusiasm for the kids, and their active participation and distinctive in the promotion of the initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Childhood innocence mixed with charity work, a picture of kids pick up a souvenir photo by the way

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

College student volunteering in the joy of the initiative and smiling

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child holds a sign calling for encouraging good deeds and donating to the poor.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A large turnout of visitors to the shop to participate in donating to the poor and put their mark in charitable work.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Round youth volunteer initiative to invite people in solidarity with the poor

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Visible signs of a smile on the young volunteer

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Happy volunteer efforts and the interaction of people with initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers of the Algerian Food Bank initiative pose for a photo holding the slogan Dir El-Khir, which translates as a call for enjoining good.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A father and his two young daughters show support for the Algerian Food Bank campaign initiative.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child shakes hands with the campaign's mascot.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian Food Bank volunteers hold the slogan Dir El-Khir, which translates as a call for enjoining good.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers queue to sign up for the Algerian Food Bank campaign.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child poses for a photo with the mascot of the Algerian Food Bank initiative while holding a sign calling on people to do good deeds.