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Safe haven for women, children

The Athlone House of Strength (Ahos), situated in Paarl East, has been a safe haven for abused women and children for 11 years.

Its aim is to restore and empower abused women and the children in their care.

According to Sharon Blankenberg, Manager of Ahos, the facility, on average, assists about 130 abused women and children per year.

She explained the women stay at Ahos for three months, but sometimes aren’t yet ready to be reintegrated into society, and they need to stay for longer.

The shelter has its own Social Worker and Assistant Social Worker on the premises.

Blankenberg says Ahos does sometimes require the assistance of a psychologist, but because it is a non-profit organisation this service is not included.

She would like to appeal to professionals in this field to volunteer their services to helping victims of abuse.

According to Blankenberg, victims of abuse are referred to Ahos by social workers, but will try to assist those who come to the shelter directly.

“We do have a screening process, and if the person cannot stay here we will refer them to the appropriate place,” she said.

Ahos has also partnered with Wamamersvallei Centre in Wellington, which offers skills development courses to women staying at Ahos.

Blankenberg explained this is a way to empower women to be self-sufficient. She said four women have already got employment after completing the courses.

Donations of clothing, toys, non-perishable food and furniture (fridge, microwave, beds) are welcome. Volunteers are also welcome to run activities with the women and children.

Individuals who wish to volunteer at Ahos can contact Blankenberg on 021 862 9983.

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