Community applauds Ilitha

2019-04-11 06:00
Members of Ilitha Labantu explaining to the community members about the services that they offer.

Members of Ilitha Labantu explaining to the community members about the services that they offer.

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Residents from Khayelitsha have praised Ilitha Labantu Organisation for taking a stand by supporting vulnerable people.

The organisation was in their area during the awareness campaign against women and children abuse that was held at Khayelitsha Centre last week Friday.

Residents said the organisation is reviving and boosting their self-esteem.

Town Two resident Nwabisa Sizwe described the event as very educational and helpful to the community. “We do need organisations like Ilitha Labantu in our areas to visit us regularly. Sometimes we do have serious problems but we don’t know where we can go to get professional help,” said Sizwe.

She described the event as a platform to speak out what they’ve been bottling inside.

Ilitha Labantu is an organisation that deals with violence against women and children particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Speaking for the organisation Ndumie Funda described the event as part of their consistent call that they preach in many communities.

She said as an organisation they’ve just opened another office in Khayelitsha which is operating at Isivivana.

“People of Khayelitsha welcomed us with open arms and they are eager to work with us. There are many challenges that people of Khayelitsha are facing and as Ilitha Labantu we are here to listen and resolve them,” said Funda.

She mentioned the neglecting of children by their mothers and women abuse as major issues.

Funda stated that not only women are getting abused by their partners men also get abused.“We received a report that there is a man that is looking after his three children while their mother is going to the shebeen. The man can’t even go and look for a job because his girlfriend is drunk every day,” she said and stated that as an organisation they don’t condone any form of abuse. Funda said they also do home visits to assess the condition that people are living under. She stated that they have professional counsellors to assist vulnerable families.

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