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From soup to empowerment

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The newly appointed social auxillary worker Sue-Anita Warnick and social worker Johanna Witbooi with Louise Barends (programme manager) at the launch of the Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), an initiative of Darling Outreach Foundation. Photos: Maryke Swart
The newly appointed social auxillary worker Sue-Anita Warnick and social worker Johanna Witbooi with Louise Barends (programme manager) at the launch of the Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), an initiative of Darling Outreach Foundation. Photos: Maryke Swart

What started as a soup kitchen years back has evolved into a fully-fledged Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) to provide support to victims of violent crimes that have left them traumatised.

The VEP was officially launched on Friday 19 November as part of an initiative of the Darling Outreach Foundation, funded by Darling Romery, which initially started out in 2010 as a soup kitchen feeding children daily.

Since then their programmes have expanded to include a targeted feeding scheme for households that are referred for lunches, three after-school programmes, two play groups, a Word Works reading programme, youth programmes, holiday programmes, parenting workshops to strengthen families and counselling services.

Their latest endeavour, the Victim Empowerment Programme, for which they received government funding, was born out of a vision to create a sustainable programme to support victims who have suffered physical, mental of emotional harm as result of crime or violence. It was conceptualised last year during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against violence against women and children where the team pledged to deliver services 365 days of the year, and has since been hard at work to develop a sustainable programme.

Pastor Gert Korah of Jeria Sending said in his opening sermon the programme symbolises a light that has gone up for many.

“Our people perish as a result of a lack of knowledge.

“Now there is knowledge that will bring empowerment.”

Services offered by the programme include:. providing therapeutic intervention to victims of gender-based violence by accessing psycho social support services;. therapeutic intervention to survivors of crime and violence;. educational workshops in gender-based violence which will focus on the types of abuse, identify the cycle of abuse, identify safety plans and provide referral pathways.

The programme recently also appointed a social worker, Johanna Witbooi and social auxillary worker, Sue-Anita Warnick, to better provide in the needs of victims.

For more details or for help, contact Louise on 022 492 2154/2790 louise@darlingromery.com.

Follow Darling Outreach Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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