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Meet our Board Members

Safe House, like all registered NPO’s, has a board of individuals who help make decisions about its day to day running and future. This is not an easy task, but our Board Members really but the ‘COMMIT’ back into ‘COMMITTEE’ and we are grateful for their continued support. This post is dedicated to them, who most often work behind the scenes, but without whose contribution, the success of Safe House would not be possible.

Meet some these special angels put on earth to help those in need.

 

Adri Muller joined the board in September 2016 as treasurer, but was already been a volunteer as Safe House, using the skills from her job as a financial wizard to teach the women at Safe House how to budget.

What has your involvement with SH taught you about yourself?

We have so many things to be thankful for!

 If you could grant SH one wish, what would it be?

Enough funding so that the Safe House can focus on helping those women and children in need and not have to show any victim of abuse away.

 

 

Liezel van Beek has been on the Safe House board for eight years already. She is the Secretary and is also part of the Financial committee.

What has your involvement with SH taught you about yourself?

When I started off as a volunteer at the Safe House it was with the intention of getting involved and giving something back to the community. Very soon however I realised that the Safe House is giving me much more in return. Give and you shall receive, as they saying goes.

What message would you like to give to the broader public about SH?

If you are looking for an organisation where you can contribute your money or time and know that it will be well spent, look no further. Safe House Stellenbosch is in the business of changing and saving lives, not only of the women and children in their care, but also of each individual that comes in to take part in this process. There is much need and much work to be done and there are many ways in which you can contribute. Every little bit helps. You can start by arranging a visit – you’ll be surprised at how quickly you will feel at home.

If you could grant SH one wish, what would it be?

I would love to see the Safe House receiving enough financial support so that it can expand its services to accommodate all the requests for residency received on a monthly basis. It is heartbreaking to think how many women and children have to be turned away because there aren’t enough resources to take in more residents. And with the shocking statistics of violence against women and children in our country it is not difficult to think what kind of circumstances those victims are trapped in without the help of organisations like Safe House Stellenbosch.

 

 

Carin Nel has been part of the founding members since 2003, when her prayer group started praying for a place of safety for women and children trapped in domestic violence. She officially joined the Safe House board since the inception of the NPO in 2006.

What’s the most challenging part of being part of the organisation?

The fact that we are working with broken people who needs restoration and that the system don’t allow us enough time and freedom to always do what we think is best for each resident. Also when a resident chooses out of weakness and hurt to leave the Safe House before she is ready to fend for herself out there in the community. It breaks my heart to know that person will not make it on her own humanly speaking. Also when the children cannot go to school or kindergarten because of the short time spent at the Safe House.

What’s the most challenging part of being part of the organisation?

The fact that we are working with broken people who needs restoration and that the system don’t allow us enough time and freedom to always do what we think is best for each resident. Also when a resident chooses out of weakness and hurt to leave the Safe House before she is ready to fend for herself out there in the community. It breaks my heart to know that person will not make it on her own humanly speaking. Also when the children cannot go to school or kindergarten because of the short time spent at the Safe House.

 

Gordon Reid is the Chairman and has been part of Safe House since 2009. He decided to dedicate some of time now in his retirement years to volunteer. He is a man passionate about the community and volunteering.

What’s the most challenging part of being part of the organisation?  

It is very difficult to do fundraising….it often feels like it is always the same people stepping up to assist. Then also the fact that abuse is real but have little public support.

What has your involvement with Safe House taught you about yourself?

The Safe House needs the support of the community.

 

 

Would you like to get involved in Safe House? We are always looking for volunteers and donations.

You can also support us on a monthly basis by giving just R100 per month – here’s how you become a Friend of the Safe House.

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