Celebrating two decades of community service
SERVING the community for more than 21 years, the House of Shalom remains a valuable institution offering hope to vulnerable women and children who have become victims of abuse.
At the organisation’s recent annual general meeting, it was reported that the facility, which incorporates the Ikhayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre for orphaned and vulnerable children and Siyabonga Shelter for abused women, was financially sound.
‘We must commend our passionate staff who assist the women and children,’ said Executive Director, Keshnie Govender
‘All issues related to domestic violence, neglect and activities that affect an individual’s well-being, are extremely complex.
‘It is essential to develop a bond of trust and mutual understanding, as staff are sometimes tasked to play the role of a parent, therapist or coach.
The organisation also acknowledged the commitment and dedication of volunteers who have played a significant role in providing specialised services during the year, as well as the hard work of the management committee.
‘We are extremely appreciative of all the services offered by volunteers making a positive and lasting impact on vulnerable children and women at our facility.
‘This is an open invitation to students, businesses, religious groups and other volunteers to continue assisting us in planning activities, managing therapeutic programmes and ensuring professional daily operations,’ said Govender. Celebrating the 21st anniversary year of the House of Shalom at the organisation’s annual general meeting were (back) Pradeep Luckynarayan, Cebile Mthethwa, Luthiwe Mkhwanazi, Nomphumelelo Ndimande, Nokuthla Mhlongo, Duduzile Mahlinza, Edwin Gumbi, Stephen Ngwira, Alishai Juggernath; (front) Gloria Shange, Founder Saras Govender, Keshnie Govender and Samkeliswe Shabalala