Mrs India South Africa to build shelter for women

2016-02-01 11:14
Mrs India SA 2015 Riona Rajkumar (centre), will be working with the SHE (serve, help, empower) Foundation.

Mrs India SA 2015 Riona Rajkumar (centre), will be working with the SHE (serve, help, empower) Foundation. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Mrs India South Africa organisation is launching the SHE Foundation, a non-profitable company initiative aimed at serving, helping and empowering individuals through social cohesion and awareness campaigns.

The reigning Mrs India South Africa 2015, Riona Rajkumar, will be working with the SHE (serve, help, empower) Foundation to achieve the objectives set out in its mission statement.

One of the aims is to build a place of safety and an overnight sanctuary for destitute women and their young children (18 years and younger).

“A lot of Mrs India South Africa participants over the years were victims of abuse. By sharing their stories they empowered women in similar situations,” said Rajkumar, adding that this motivated the launch of the foundation. “It’s through the SHE Foundation that we will engage in various social campaigns to uplift and empower woman across all avenues,” said Rajkumar, adding that at the shelter, they aim to empower women with cooking, sewing and computer skills, among others.

An initiative of Mrs India South Africa, it has always been a vision of Mrs India South Africa CEO Anusha Bisaal to set up a shelter for women. Bisaal believes that women have achieved greater heights and have proven to be successful in a male dominated world. “It is the ‘she’ that is the wife, mom, caregiver, with multiple roles and responsibilities that makes her so unique because she can handle them,” said Bisaal.

“It is through the Mrs India South Africa that she can be acknowledged, appreciated and given the platform to share with others her achievements and vision thus empowering and motivating others in achieving their dreams and goals,” added Bisaal.

The foundation will officially launch on February 20 at the Breakers Hotel in Umhlanga, at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. The public is invited to attend the launch, where sponsorship is also welcome.

To support the foundation in the form of sponsorship and for more information, e-mail or


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