Partnership firmly rooted

2015-12-02 06:00
SONIA AUGUST, the manager of the Grace-Divine Outreach Centre in Kimberley, listens to Rev. Mark Makhele who explains the working of the solar lights. Photos: Boipelo Mere

SONIA AUGUST, the manager of the Grace-Divine Outreach Centre in Kimberley, listens to Rev. Mark Makhele who explains the working of the solar lights. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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SONIA AUGUST, the manager of the Grace-Divine Outreach Centre in Kimberley, expressed her excitement at the newly established partnership that was sealed with the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) in the Northern Cape.

The partnership was established on International Men’s Day on Friday, 20 November, when the DENC Men’s Forum visited the centre to plant shade trees and donate solar lights and rubbish bins.

The donation was, according to the co-ordinator of the forum, Rev. Mark Makhele, in support of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children and an effort to promote recycling, according to the mandate of the department.

The centre, established in 2010, is growing as it now accommodates victims of abused families Z women and children Z each month. These victims mostly suffered from domestic violence and rape.

Amongst the services are the supplying of basic needs to the victims, such as toiletries, food, care and support.

“We are excited to have DENC as a stakeholder to protect our women and children. We have been working with the departments of Social Development and Justice and with victim empowerment programmes,” said August.

According to Makhele, their forum has done the same kind of outreach programmes in other districts.

“The aim is to improve gender relations by addressing matters such as responsible parenting, family and healthy choices, positive male role models and reflecting on the contributions and progress made by men in the society.

“This is with the objective to change behaviour and to seek an end to gender violence,” explained Makhele.

The programme commenced with a prayer service at the St Cyprian Cathedral Church on Thursday 19 November and a discussion on gender violence, prior to the visit to the centre. The theme was: Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.

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