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16 Days of Activism against gender based violence

16 Days of Activism against gender based violence

What colour will you be wearing for Paint Show Tell this year to support our 16 Days of Activism?

25 November marks the beginning of the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence which ends 16 December. Owing the success of last year, Safe House will be running its Paint Show Tell campaign again this year, trusting that the campaign will go viral and really put the spotlight on the life-and-death nature of gender based violence.

The idea of the painted nail as a talking point was inspired by the #PolishedMan, read more here.

So how do you take part?

It’s easy.

  1. Pick any colour nail polish and paint your left index finger nail. If you usually wear nail varnish then, make sure that nail stands out with a contrasting colour.

  2. Donate R100 to Safe House.

  3. Show it off! (post pictures and make a video!)

  4. Convince your friends (including guys!) to do the same.

  5. When someone asks you about your nail, tell them that you are against gender based violence.

You won’t be alone!

Last year, some local celebrities supported Paint Show Tell.

The mayor of Stellenbosch.

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Director Regardt  van der Berg and his wife lovely Clara

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Maties Rugby Club

Watch this adorable video that these ‘manne’ made to support our cause.

 

And well known actor Armand Aucamp!

 

You too can be a lifelong Friend of Safe House by donating just R100+ per month. Click here to find out more.

Want to know what a day at Safe House involves for the victims who find themselves there? Read this article.

Meet our team!

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Volunteer.

 

 

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Annual General Meeting: Progress and Determination to do even more

Annual General Meeting: Progress and Determination to do even more

The Safe House annual general meeting, held on 22 September in Stellenbosch, opened with some scary statistics. Safe House manager Lee Rossouw reported that,

“Three women are killed every day at the hands of their intimate partner. That’s one every eight hours, and South Africa has a femicide rate five times higher than any other country in the world.”

But if you believe that those are just faceless, nameless statistics, then you are very much mistaken. At Stellenbosch Safe House those shocking records of abuse against women show up at their door on a daily basis. Since its inception in 2006 and opening of its doors in 2008, Safe House has given shelter to more than 400 women and children. Lee went on to explain that Safe House is the only shelter for abused women in the Greater Stellenbosch Municipal District, Helderberg and Overberg region, and so the need for a place of safety far outweighs their capacity to take in everyone who reaches out for help.

“Currently we only have eleven beds, but we have approved plans to expand in the near future – although we are not sure where all the money will come from for the necessary expansions. We have also just learned that with our adding more rooms and beds, we will also need to upgrade our kitchen and are currently busy with that undertaking.”

As a registered non-profit organisation, Safe House relies heavily on funding and donations from the community.

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Safe House team from Left: Skills trainer Charlene , Finances Aletia, Manager Lee and social worker Blanchè  .

 

 

Main contributors to the income of the Safe House in the past year were:

Department of Social Development: 44.98%

Larger contributors >R100 000 per entity: 25.66%

Medium contributors >R10 000 per entity: 19.37%

Small contributors <R10 000 per entity or individual: 9.99%

As you can see from the financial report, nearly 10 % of the Safe House’s income comes from many smaller contributions.

“It’s our goal to grow our Friends of the Safe House initiative, where people donate just R100 or R200 per month. That little bit adds up and goes a long way to sustain our cash flow for basic necessities,” Lee says.

The AGM was also the perfect opportunity to give special acknowledgement to the regular and loyal donors and volunteers, not to mention the staff who work relentlessly and are emotionally invested in every woman who enters the Safe House. To say thank you to her team, Lee gave each one of them a crown as a symbol of their immeasurable worth to the organisation.

The new executive committee was also announced at the meeting.

Safe House’s next awareness campaign will start in November: Paint Show Tell. Click here to learn more.

The meeting was closed with these inspirational words by John Wesley.

 

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Safe House always welcomes donations and volunteers.

 

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We, at Safe House, recognise Strength in Femininity

We, at Safe House, recognise Strength in Femininity

Too often we see women who give up on their femininity, or start viewing being feminine as a weakness. 9 August was Women’s Day, and this month we, at Safe House Stellenbosch, want to ask all women out there to embrace their God given femininity and realise that being a woman does not make you weak.

What is femininity?

Femininity is depicted in many ways, and if the media is anything to go by, then women misuse their femininity to take advantage of others. They dolly themselves up to be flirtatious and seductive. But this is the world’s idea of being a woman – and there is much more to owning the fact that you are a woman. The strength we are talking about is an inner strength.

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Finding strength in your femininity is about embracing your womanhood and allowing yourself to be authentic. It’s about harnessing the things that make you you: your kindness and nurturing nature. Although femininity is also about your softer outside appearance, it’s more about who you are in the inside.

What does the Bible say?

God has made women different purposefully. Physically, they are different, being generally delicate and crafted to bear and nurse children, and they have different emotional needs as well. In the Bible Peter tells husbands to treat their wives in an understanding way because they are different, being women, and men need to understand this (1 Peter 3:7). Women shouldn’t be yelled at, threatened physically, or intimidated by men. They should be treated with sensitivity, care, and respect. Women shouldn’t have to compete with men in terms of “toughness,” for their strength is different. Women are clearly different physically and emotionally in terms of how God has made them and wired them. They need to accept this, and men need to honour this reality.

A woman must guard her heart above all else, and she must be free to be who God made her to be. She is different than man, she is the complement for man, and she has different roles in marriage than the man. True womanhood is doing all that she does, regardless of where she presently is in life, to the honour and glory of God by honouring His Word.

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We at Safe House, aim to empower the women who find themselves in our shelter with their God given femininity. We provide opportunities for employment, skills training and counselling.

If you are being abused and need help, please contact us.

If you would like to become involved in our cause, please sign up to be A Friend of the Safe House. We also welcome any donations and volunteers.

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‘Let’s honour the fathers,’ says Safe House

‘Let’s honour the fathers,’ says Safe House

 

16 June is Father’s day. While this isn’t an official holiday, it does give us the opportunity to turn our attention to fathers the world over and honour those who do right with their children and families as leaders, providers and protectors. As a Christian run organisation, we at Safe House Stellenbosch, have a very real understanding of how vital the role of the father is the home. Above all else, a father is the earthly example of Father God (Abba Father) our heavenly Father.

 

What does it mean to be a father?

 

Does biology alone make man a father? It’s unlikely that in this day and age any person believes this fact on it’s own is true. Many factors add up to fatherhood, and biology isn’t necessarily one of them. So many more children are being raised by their moms because of divorce, but also by their mother’s new partner or husband. These men are stepping up to plate and participating in the children’s lives like a dad would: attending school meetings, supporting the children financially, disciplining them but also nurturing them in the home .

 

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But what does it mean to be a father? Fatherhood is a privilege that comes with an immense amount of responsibility, but essentially it means is to love a child and always do what is in the child’s best interest while taking on the role of moulding them for adulthood. But above all else it is Love. It is a love that is instinctively translated into five languages, namely: words of affirmation,  performing acts of service, giving and receiving gifts, spending quality time and physical touch (Read Gary Chapman’s book The 5  Love Languages).

 

We at Safe House would like to honour the fathers this Father’s Day and say thank you. Thank you for loving your sons without restraint and giving them the freedom to express their emotions and for showing them how to be fathers themselves one day. Thank you for loving your daughters in a way that teaches them how they should be respected and treated by their husbands in the future. Thank you for striving to be a Godly example of God’s love for us by demonstrating that fatherly love to your children.

 

Become involved in Safe House by making a donation or becoming an official friend of our organisation by donating just R100 per month. Keen to become a volunteer? Click here.

 

 

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It wasn’t going to end well

It wasn’t going to end well

Sisters, M age 12, S age 10 and K age 2 dependent on their parents like all children are Their father – a parent in an unfit condition He lacked resistance over his alcohol reliance which kept him from his paternal responsibilities. To make matters worse, he had d read more

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