WAR is privileged to donate food, nappies, toiletries, towels, bedding, clothes, toys, kitchenware and furniture to the many safe homes we support. These little joys are cherished by the children, men and women. Often it is a hug and a humble gift that are the greatest luxury.
There are so many homes we visit and meet needs of regularly, but some that have really touched our hearts are mentioned below:
Odirile Home, at Temba Hammanskraal, Gauteng, is a haven for 150 mentally and physically disabled children. But, often abused women are seeking that safety. And they are welcomed with the same love, care and understanding than the children. WAR recently refurbished the dormitories with mattresses, bedding, pillows and blankets.
Mooiplaas, an informal settlement in Centurion is plagued with poverty. Most of the residents were relocated due to unlivable conditions of a landfill nearby, dolomite and that the land is privately owned. WAR’s generous donations received from caring South African citizens, companies and organizations, supply food, toiletries and textbooks for school. When greeting the people, gratitude graces their smiles and that is more rewarding than any spoken word.
Savh House Silversig is a retirement facility for the frail elderly. The home provides 24 hour frail care and medical support to 150 elderly people who are either impoverished, physically or mentally challenged. WAR is fortunate to be involved with Silversig and donates toiletry packs on a regular basis. As a treat WAR donated coffee mugs filled with rusks and freshly baked muffins.
Peas in a Pod is a specialist house of safety specializing in abused girls from ages 2 – 18. The home started 3 years ago and have taken care of 31 girls since then. The main focus is restorative work with girls. The girls they take care of are brought to them by the SAPS. This house specializes in the care of sexually abused victims. Peas in a Pod is a long term project with WAR. The personnel at WAR have built up relationships with every little girl. Apart from donating toiletries and food on a weekly basis, WAR regularly takes the girls on outings. Through WAR local restaurants provide healthy pre-cooked meals weekly for the girls.
Beth Shan Shelter is a home and place of refuge for abused women, children and victims of human trafficking. WAR trained 9 ladies from this shelter to become computer literate. These new skills liberate them as they realize their worth, while developing their talents, skills and abilities. Training is one of WAR’s strongest goals as a trained community is a multiplier of upliftment and education for others.
Peace Home, Tableview – Ziza’s House of Hope for Abused Children (better known as Peace Home) is a charity which helps rehabilitate young victims of abuse and neglect, giving them a second chance in life, status, and dignity. WAR is able to supply bread, milk, clothes and toiletries to Peace Home regularly.
Huis Jabes, situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, provides a temporary home and rehabilitation centre to victims of family abuse who come from middle to high income communities. This includes physical, financial and emotional abuse. They are provided with meals, shelter, medical care, counselling and career guidance to empower the women there to create a better future for themselves and their children. Since their establishment in 2008, they have helped more than 400 women and children start the process of recovery and rehabilitation. WAR supports Huis Jabes with comfort packs for new victims as well as clothes and food.