The staff at the shelter lovingly gave back to women and children, recently.
As part of a two-day Mother’s Day programme, women at the Sahara Shelter for Abused Women and Children were treated to relaxing massages, educational talks and delightful hampers, last week.
With South Africa being the highest country in the world whereby women die by domestic violence, the shelter is intentional about dismissing the normalised violence against women.
Eager to celebrate the survivors of domestic violence and praise them for all the obstacles that they conquered, the workers at the shelter catered to the mothers and their young.
Inspired to lift another’s need, Lerona Govender of ‘All About You Spa’ donated her services, food and hampers in an effort to encourage and empower the survivors.
“I felt that the ladies at the shelter needed encouragement and empowerment. They needed to understand the importance of self-care. They need to remember that they are not alone. These women needed to know that they could draw strength from other supportive women. I personally wanted these women to know that there is still hope of a humane lifestyle. As much as these women have dependents, I am empathetic to their situation and their needs,: Govender said.
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She went on to encourage the public to also lift another’s burden as there is still much more needed at the shelter.
Members of the public can assist the shelter by volunteering their time, sponsoring a meal, maintaining the garden and buildings, hosting a fundraising initiative, donating groceries and other items and creating awareness. The shelter is opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Three dedicated house mothers are always available to provide care and support to the women, who reside at the premises.
The house mothers work on a shift rotation, so someone is available at all times to assist the client.
Sahara has 24-hour security and operates in partnership with Phoenix SAPS to ensure the protection and safety of women and children.
Admission into the shelter is via the Child Welfare Society in your area or the South African Police Service.