New centre opens to support women

2016-03-15 06:00
The new office of Philisa Abafazi Bethu was opened at the end of February. The centre will offer support services to women in the community.

The new office of Philisa Abafazi Bethu was opened at the end of February. The centre will offer support services to women in the community.

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A new office where abused women and children can get help was opened at the end of February.

The new office of Philisa Abafazi Bethu will also provide services such as a seniors’ club and support to the residents of Grassy Park,

“It also includes a law clinic and legal advice, emergency safe house for survivors of violence, child protection services, court support for domestic violence survivors and counselling services,” says centre owner and manager Lucinda Evans.

Evans explains that Cafda, where she has also been running a programme, is different from the new centre as Cafda is a designated child protection agency and works with children and families.

“[At Philisa Abafazi Bethu] we work with women’s development and the challenges women face. Especially women experiencing violence, women who need to be upskilled, women who need support, women struggling with substance abuse, women not managing with parenting and need parenting support and also women who would like to change their lives and develop themselves,” she explains.

The new centre will “offer support for women and children, including an income-generating bakery which we need to raise funds for”.

“Also in our plans are to support women to become entrepreneurs. The new centre is looking differently at victim empowerment programmes,” she says.

Evans encourages men who might need support to also use the centre.

Albert Fritz, provincial Minister of Social Development, who opened the centre alongside Evans, says Philisa Abafazi Bethu was established in 2008 in support of women and children.

“The centre will also support and educate women and children about their rights and freedoms, and provide support for women and children who are affected both directly and indirectly with HIV/Aids,” Fritz says.

In his short address at the opening, Fritz paid homage to Evans, who is a well-known community worker and social activist.

Evans received an award from the French ambassador in South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier in a ceremony last week to laud her for her community support work in Lavender Hill.

V Visit the centre at the Homestead Building, Cafda Welfare premises, corner of 8th Avenue and Prince George Drive, Grassy Park or contact the office on 076 270 3050.

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