Zebra Adventures’ contribution will help women stay at the shelter longer and receive the help they need.
South Africa has gone into lockdown in an attempt to avoid a “catastrophe of huge proportions” said the president. This is a difficult time for everyone, but services such as the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre are facing additional challenges. The Centre supports a community where there is high-population density, a high level of overcrowding and poverty that makes it extremely difficult to self-isolate. Women and girls in Khayelitsha are already vulnerable to intimate partner violence, the fear, tension and stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak will only intensify the risks they face. In addition to this, most of the women in the shelter are HIV positive and rely on Nonceba for access to healthcare. With the additional pressure on healthcare services globally, the Centre is working to ensure the safety of all of the women and children using its services. Nonceba aims to prevent violence through education, and offers early intervention services and treatment for severe cases of abuse and has a shelter for women who have survived domestic violence or have been victims of human trafficking. Most of the women with HIV are struggling to access healthcare and have received limited education and training. Nonceba offers them a place to stay, individual and family counselling, legal support, access to healthcare, educational programmes and victim empowerment groups.