Woman’s movement to open new rape and crisis centre

2017-12-13 06:01
; NOMSA founder, Ashlene Arends.Photo:WWW.LIFEABUNDANTMINISTRIES.CO.ZA

; NOMSA founder, Ashlene Arends.Photo:WWW.LIFEABUNDANTMINISTRIES.CO.ZA

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THE No More Shame (NOMSA) Woman’s Movement, which cares for abused women and girls in need of healing, is currently preparing to launch their new rape and crisis centre on December 16 and they need the community’s assistance to make it happen.

“We see to the woman who are broken and walk a road with them to heal and uplift them. We give counselling and have one-on-one sessions with them so that they can heal and get to a better place in their life to be themselves again,” said Nicrolene Bekkies, acting project manager of the NOMSA movement.

“As a small organisation, we can only do so much when we want to do more. This is where we want to reach out to the community to help us in making it bigger so that we can assist all types of woman in need.”

According to Bekkies, the aim of the centre is to give women in need a shelter where they can go, knowing they will be safe and taken care of.

Asked what NOMSA hopes to accomplish with the centre, founder Ashlene Arends said, “To provide services that will enable women to get healing.

“We will offer counselling for rape victims and abused women and children, as well as short-term stays for women in need of temporary accommodation, and for women and young girls who are victims of rape who need to enrol in a programme for healing.”

NOMSA currently operates in partnership with the We Care Organisation, which has provided them with a premises for the rape and crisis centre.

They are equipped to aid about 10 women at a time at the centre and already have six volunteers lined up to fill the roles of day mothers, caregivers and admin staff.

“We also hope to get a doctor and social worker (preferably female) to be part of the movement to volunteer for the project,” Arends added.

The rape and crisis centre will be open to all the women or girls in need of a safe haven, not just residents of the Eastern Cape.

NOMSA is currently in need of food, financial assistance and general household items to get the centre up and running. They hope to launch it on December 16 at the former Stepping Stones Building in Ext. 21, Bethelsdorp.

Anyone willing to assist them can contact Ashlene Arends on 041 481 2189.

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