The burnt flowers, damaged during the Lion’s Head fires of 2018, blossom again, a testament to the resilience of the local ecosystem. The Lion’s Head fires of 2018 in Cape Town were a tragic example of how climate change can contribute to devastating wildfires. The fires also threatened the safety of nearby communities and disrupted the lives of migrants living nearby, but through the power of human resilience, they continue to persevere. Isaac* is pictured here as resilient as the nature that surrounds him. A former gang member, he wears his continuous journey of rehabilitation and healing proudly as the crown of a new life. The Step Up project and Methadone Program have therefore opened a new drop-in center in central Cape Town, South Africa. The project aims to assist people with harm reduction by providing a package of wellness services that includes sterile injecting equipment, opioid substitution therapy, HIV testing and screening, and psychosocial services. Despite the hardships, people enrolled in the needle program have shown remarkable strength and resilience, emerging stronger from the challenges they faced.
* Names have been changed.