People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) is a grassroots community movement that fights for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in South Africa.
LGBTI refugees come to South Africa with the hope of a better life, and to be open about who they are. Unfortunately, their day-to-day reality is quite the contrary. They face discrimination and social isolation within their own communities, as well as from the local South African LGBTI and wider communities.
With our funding, PASSOP will educate the government about LGBTI refugees’ issues through community-based education and training services. They will also host publicly accessible safe community gatherings to introduce the local community to the refugees. Lastly, a series of focus group discussions will provide a safe space for the refugees to share their experiences, which can lead to psychosocial counseling organized in cooperation with the Cape Town Refugee Centre.