POWA established the first shelter in 1981, the first of its kind that accommodated women and their children. The main objective of the shelter is to provide a safe, therapeutic environment, were abused women can begin to deal with their situations and receive the necessary support. Presently POWA has two shelters situated in the East and West Rand and a 2nd Stage House. Survivors are accommodated up to a year.
THE EXTEND OF THE PROBLEM
When the shelter first operated, the kind of women who were accommodated where older and married, therefore they could begin to access legal support to deal with their marital problems. The trend has since changed and the majority of women being accommodate are young single women who were cohabitating and have more than one child. Although the women’s main problem is domestic abuse, their situation is made worse by the fact that they are unemployed, semi-skilled or unskilled, and therefore dependent of their partners financially. The other challenge is that they are far away from the support of family, friends and community, therefore their vulnerability is increased.
Annually 60 women and 55 children are accommodated in shelters.
The majority of women in the shelter are financially dependent on their abusive partners. The skills development program is of paramount importance to ensure that the survivors of violence break the cycle forever.
The assistance on skills training will help to provide survivors with a life line to break the cycle of abuse forever and gain their financial independence. The survivors will be empowered with skills that will provide them with an opportunity to start their own businesses as well as compete fairly for jobs. We also want women to be trained in artisan skills so that they can venture into building construction and maintenance.
POWA therefore makes a call to companies and individuals who can employ or train women on sustainable economic empowerment, to contact us.
Shelter Wish List
The following are needed for the smooth running of the shelter:
- Cutlery and crockery
- Linen and bedding
- Wall pictures and mirrors
- Carpets and Rugs
- Fire place stoves
- Baby clothes and nappies
- Non- perishable food
- Books and magazines
- Play stations
- Embroidery machines
- Flower pots