Earning a PhD in Street Philosophy in Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Advisor

Agloro, Alexandrina R

Faculty Advisor

Bulled, Nicola

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


The range of challenges faced by the homeless makes providing services to meet needs difficult. This project involved interactions with guests at Service Dining Rooms (SDR), Cape Town, South Africa, to gain insights on service provision. While services are available, there are significant barriers to access. In addition to feelings of discomfort and shame, the homeless indicated minimal awareness of the available resources in the area. To address this, we created a resource map to clearly indicate services available to the homeless to be posted at SDR and a flyer advertising SDR's services for distribution. Through a continued process of self-reflection, we recognized that initial feelings of discomfort around the homeless were replaced by feelings of empathy, compassion, and humility.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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