KZN shelter opens in memory of Norwegian blast victim

2016-03-21 12:29
A woman's shelter has been built in the South Coast in memory of Norwegian woman Hanne Løvlie, who was killed in a bomb blast in Oslo. (Supplied to News24 by Impande)

A woman's shelter has been built in the South Coast in memory of Norwegian woman Hanne Løvlie, who was killed in a bomb blast in Oslo. (Supplied to News24 by Impande)

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Durban – When a Norwegian family found out that their daughter, Hanne Løvlie, was killed in a tragic bomb blast in Oslo in 2012, they were shattered.

While they mourned her death, they also came up with the perfect way to pay tribute to the one-time University of KwaZulu-Natal student.

Løvlie was described by her family as someone who always cared about women and the issues affecting them.

On Sunday, a nine-bedroom shelter designed to house 27 women was officially opened in her memory in Gcilima.

Løvlie’s brother Jorgen, 43, said the family was happy to be in South Africa to open the shelter.

Fulfilling her wish

"My sister wanted to help the women of South Africa as she had spent time here as a student and understood the problems women face [with] domestic violence," he said.

“This shelter is something she would have wanted to do and we can fulfil this wish for her."

A Reuters report in 2012 said Anders Behring Breivik confessed to killing several people when he detonated a bomb outside government headquarters in Oslo.

Eight bystanders were killed. Breivik later gunned down 69 people, including many teenagers at the summer camp reportedly run by the ruling Labour Party, on the island of Utøya.

Hanne Løvlie, 30, was among those killed in the tragedy.

(Supplied by Impande)

The Løvlie family received compensation from the Norwegian government, which they decided to use to build the shelter, with additional money raised through their network.

In honour of Hanne, the Løvlie family asked Impande, a charity organisation, to build a women’s shelter.

Impande board member Lawrence Wintermeyer, who lives in Norway but works in London, said the charity is in KwaZulu-Natal’s KwaXolo tribal area, 30km south of Port Shepstone on the south coast.

Community development charity

“Impande is a grassroots project that was borne out of the Network Action Group in Port Shepstone last year. It is a community development charity; we build crèches and development centres and also sponsor six schools.”

Wintermeyer said: “We are working on launching funding for Impande in the UK and Ireland later this year.

“Hanne was a student in Durban at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was an outgoing and politically engaged student. During her studies she became aware of the issue of violence against women in South Africa.

“She was touched by the poverty and the conditions that the women faced," he said.

“Her family approached us [Impande] and committed resources and plans for building a centre we developed in 2005.”

(Supplied by Impande)

Wintermeyer said he was particularly touched by this project.

“You know I live in an affluent Western area and most don’t appreciate how life is. Most people that we bring here from Europe are shocked at the living conditions they see.”

He said while a lot of wealthy people were involved in charities, many people want to do something more meaningful and want to see where their money is going.

“That is why I think that grassroot projects will become much more popular in the near future.

(Supplied by Impande)

Bringing change to the community

KwaXolo Tribal Council’s Inkosi Mxolisi Xolo said the community was thrilled to have the shelter.

“In 2012 the Madikiza family donated a house to the traditional council to see that we use it towards assisting those with HIV and Aids and address issues affecting women and children.

“We secured funding through the Network Action Group and we started the construction a year-and-a-half ago.”

Xolo said the area had a history of violence and the shelter came at the right time.

“This is the perfect donation for this community. We are grateful about the Norwegian funding and social development for getting on board on the project; we really believe that the shelter will bring change in the community.”

Xolo pleaded with the community to work together to make sure the shelter is put to good use.

(Supplied by Impande)

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