Philisa Abafazi Bethu (Heal Our Women) - selected by Tracey Lange from Kfm.
Philisa Abafazi Bethu (PAB) is a non-profit organisation that operates in Lavender Hill, a township that was founded during apartheid in the Mother City, Cape Town. Philisa Abafazi Bethu is Xhosa for "Heal Our Women" and was founded by Lucinda Evans in 2008 to help women in need of shelter and support. Lucinda's dream became a reality after witnessing a man beating his wife in the street and nobody in the crowd tried to help.
She continues to pour her own money into PAB and is in urgent need of funding to purchase laptops, children's toys, books, clothes, baby blankets, food and grass for the outdoor play centre and for the Emergency Safe House.
The township has a high rate of gangsterism and crime, substance abuse and violence towards women and children. Philisa Abafazi Bethu focuses on supporting abused women in the form of a Women's Support Group, offers an After School Program for children, a Consulting Center for parents, a Senior Project for disadvantaged elderly women and an Emergency Safe House for women in need.
This caring organisation has been growing and is currently running 5 projects namely:
After School Program: For girls and boys 8-13 years old, that have been sexually assaulted and domestically abused. PAB organises workshops and therapy covering various topics such as hygiene, nutrition, diet, life-skills, reading, writing, and maths. They also provide a warm meal for the kids every day and during the summer, kids are taught how to surf as well as other sports. In addition to this, they also fundraise for the bi-annual children's camp.
Life Coaching: This addresses victims of drug abuse, sexual assault, and family matters, with contacts to the police, lawyers, phycologists etc.
Women's Support Group: This is a project for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape or abuse. The organizations' aim is to help and guide these women to be strong and independent by offering the following: Legal and Human Rights, psychosocial support and counseling, computer training, literacy, and numeracy, health, and nutrition, parenting, and workshops.
Senior Program: Members of the Senior Club meet once a week to share problems and challenges. They also go on excursions, play games, arts and crafts, wellness days and counseling.
Emergency Safe House: This caters for abused women and their children who are in need of shelter. Meals are provided as well as accommodation and medical care.
Staff at Philisa Abafazi Bethu participate in demonstrations, accompany victims of abuse and their dependents in court, and offer collaboration with the police and law departments. They have various partners such as: The World Childhood Foundation and the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape and many more. PAB has many international volunteers assisting them with their work, many of which are students in the areas of social work, psychology, education, politics, sociology, nutrition, medicine and business-related subjects.
Volunteers who joined the PAB family, have described their experiences as life-changing, empowering and offering a great learning experience.
Philisa Abafazi Bethu is an organisation that has done tremendously good work in the support of women and children. They are a protector of the community of Lavender Hill.
They are constantly transforming society by touching people's hearts and working towards a future where women will be free and empowered to succeed.
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The final amount contributed to Philisa Abafazi Bethu is: R105,000