OPERATION Restore Hope (ORH) safe house was set up to assist victims to come to terms with trauma and help them develop into successful and mature individuals. Founded on February 19, by Mellisa Siniselloo, Devika Pillay, Deneil Pillay and Naz Singh, these four individuals saw the need for a safe house. They decided to work together to form a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) as a response to the high levels of violence against women and children, specifically in the Durban South area.With violence against women and children on the rise in South Africa, ORH aims to bring change in their community. Co-founder of ORH safe house Siniselloo said: “Our safe house will support physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and children by facilitating a restorative program in order to give them hope and a future. “We also aim to open a safe house which will be a place of refuge for abused women and children. We will strive to provide protection, comfort, support and healing in a homely environment, restoring body, soul and spirit,” said Siniselloo.She said that the safe house will be open to all community members who are victims of abuse or feel threatened by it, the NPO has also found that men in the area also are in need of help. “While working within our community we found that there are also men that are being abused but because of the stigma they are unable to speak out, we aim to reach out to them,” said Siniselloo.“There is stigma associated with abuse and sometimes victims may be afraid to report or seek help.“We found that there is an increase in domestic violence and abused children and because we live in a small community, victims are afraid to speak out for many reasons and one of the main factors is that they do not have a place to take shelter. Having a safe house in the community will now help victims get the proper legal and emotional assistance they need,” said Siniselloo.ORH is currently looking for a permanent house in the area and would welcome anyone who could offer a helping hand in finances or locating a property which is for sale. “We need assistance with finding a house in Isipingo where we can house abused victims, we need moral and financial support to help our people break the silence,” said Siniselloo. If you would like to help ORH in their pursuit of making Isipingo a better area for abused women and children, contact Mellisa Siniselloo on 065 933 7738 or 031 904 3056.