Gender-based violence is a widespread problem in South Africa and has far-reaching implications, especially, on the lives of already vulnerable women and their children. In June this years, President Ramaphosa said that gender-based violence in South Africa should be considered as a second pandemic in the country – as serious as the coronavirus.
One of the very important organisations that support abused women and their children is Nonceba Family Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha. In addition to being a safe haven, they also offer a variety of support programmes free of charge to the residents of the broader Khayelitsha community.
The shelter provides counselling services to abused women and children aged between 4-14 years old. Their school awareness programme focuses on grade R and 1 learners and they offer an aftercare program from Mondays to Fridays which assists children with homework, teaches them life skills and offers them the opportunity to enjoy educational excursions.
Thanks to the generous support from our donors we’ve been able to provide quality surplus food to the women and children who find shelter at the centre since 2016. Nonceba Family Counselling Centre was established in 1997 by Nocawe Mankayi. The shelter offers 21 beds to vulnerable women and children and also facilitate important family interventions.