- The Hope Life Project, which forms part of the House of Hope Community Life Development Programme, has five service functions it focuses on. All of these services are free and confidential. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education (small groups and schools):
- They provide the youth with accurate information regarding sexually transmitted infections, HIV and abortion in a manner that does not shy away from the reality of the consequences of irresponsible sexual behaviour. Crisis pregnancy counselling:
- They offer crisis counselling and support to women and girls who go through unplanned pregnancies. Counselling and support of the sexually abused or raped:
- They offer immediate support to victims of rape or sexual violence, as well as long-term counselling and support groups for survivors of sexual abuse or sexual violence. Support groups for substance abuse:
- Weekly support groups for persons, addicted to illegal substances, as well as their loved ones. Quarterly training (R120 per person):
Aims to empower people who work with children. Topics are “signs of drug abuse”, “signs of sexual abuse”, “study methods”, and more.
“More and more young people are exposed to and engaging in irresponsible sexual behaviour and substance abuse. This reality is a threat not only to individuals, but to the future of the country. Hope Life aims to permanently change the lives of children and youth in the Goldfields by empowering and supporting them to make informed decisions regarding their sexuality and values,” says Romien Joubert, supervisor of the project.
Call Joubert on 071-519-2195 or Jackie Botes, programme director, on 083-566-4663.