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MES is a Christian social development organisation that has been changing the heart of the city since 1986 and has been actively working towards providing sustainable solutions to pervasive poverty in the inner cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Kempton Park.

The initial vision for MES was born in 1986 when the Johannesburg East Dutch Reformed Church started with an outreach programme that handed out food parcels to the homeless and unemployed community of Hillbrow. In 1989 the project was registered as a Section 21 company (1989/004921/08) with an independent Board of Directors. The organisation is a registered Not for Profit Company (1989/004921/08), NPO (023 603), PBO (RG/0012/09/04), and has Section 18 A (tax benefit) status.

MES facilitates professional services to vulnerable or at-risk individuals, families and communities. The core services are implemented in each branch depending on the need of the community and available resources. MES follows an integrated approach, ensuring holistic service delivery contributing to restoration and empowerment with a model of Intake/prevention, intervention and sustainable exit. As members of the community that lives by the spirit of Ubuntu, we all have a role to ensure we protect those less privileged to do so themselves. You can partner with MES to make a difference!