Saartjie Baartman Centre

What we do: The Saartjie Baartman Centre (SBC) is a unique one stop centre for women and children who experience domestic and/or sexual violence. The SBC is a human rights-based non-governmental organisation that provides a comprehensive range of safely accessible services, including 24-hour emergency shelter, short and medium term residential care, and childcare for residential children. SBC offers mental health support as well as legal and economic empowerment to residents and the surrounding communities. We conduct research to inform intervention strategies in the gender-based violence sector, and work in partnership with organisations that advocate ending violence against women and children.

We need volunteers to: We invite volunteers and interns, both local and international, to assist us with the daily operation of the residential programme. Activities include: assisting with childcare, developing and facilitating child-friendly workshops and group activities, homework assistance, assisting women with job applications, developing and facilitating health promoting workshops, physical activities (e.g. yoga, pilates, aerobics, dance), creative activities (e.g. art, creative writing, poetry), qualitative and quantitative research and policy development.

Non-cash donations needed: The SBC appreciates all forms of donations. We particularly need help in providing the daily needs of the residents. Therefore, non-perishable foods (e.g. rice, flour, tinned foods, sugar) are ideal. We also need fresh fruit and vegetables in smaller amounts, as we attempt to cook fresh, healthy meals to build immunity and encourage healthy development, especially for our residential children. Donations of bedding (duvets, duvet covers, pillows, blankets), towels and toiletries are also very welcome. Since we often have babies in the shelter, we regularly need nappies (all sizes), formula, baby food, baby toiletries, and accessories (e.g. cots, prams, car seats, walking rings).

Contact name: Hermien Gibson
Telephone number: 021 633 5287

Address: 9 Klipfontein Road, Manenberg, 7764, South Africa

Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans