‘Beacon of hope’ for abuse victims needs assistance

2016-10-06 06:00

HOPE Village is a registered NPO - number 163-537 - that cares for abused women, children and elderly, and the founder, Shireen Govender from Port Shepstone, needs financial assistance to get her organisation on its feet.

Govender said the organisation is a dream that came to her after going through an abusive relationship.

“I started Hope Village via Facebook in 2014, and with the development from me writing about my past experience on Facebook I communicated with other women from abusive backgrounds, who feel that they have to remain in the relationships because they don’t have anywhere else to go.

“This really bothers me as a victim of abuse and one who knows what they are going through,” said Govender.

“There is a saying ‘you can start with nothing­, and out of nothing and out of no way, a way will be made’.

“A seed was planted in my heart a long time ago and that seed was Hope Village. I am hoping that the South Coast community will find it in their hearts to assist and build a home for the abused so they can live normal lives away from their abusers.”

As Hope Village is a beacon of hope Govender asks for sponsors or donations to help her make her dream of helping abused people come true.

She is currently looking for premises in Port Shepstone to run her organisation from.

Govender says she is also offering meetings with victims and families on a weekly basis.

For meetings, sponsor or donation, visit the Hope Village Facebook page or contact her on 074 692 7113 or email hopevillagekzn@ gmail.com

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