Cel­e­brat­ing two decades of com­mu­nity ser­vice

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

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

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