What We Do

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Every weekend, a group of mums and mums-to-be gather in Kayamandi. It’s a lively afternoon, with babies sleeping on laps, toddlers exploring the room and older children playing outside with our Little Voices volunteers, while women from different parts of Stellenbosch get to know and love each other.

Being mums ourselves, we realise the pressure of raising children, even in a stable environment. The women from Kayamandi come from backgrounds with little or no support and the better we get to know them, the more we’re inspired by their courage in taking care of their children while working (and often also studying). Our heart is to lend them support in every area where they need it – emotional, spiritual and practical.

Skills Workshops

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Some sessions are practical workshops, where women share their skills and knowledge around things like childcare, nutrition, health and personal care.

Personal Support

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Some meetings are more intimate gatherings where we simply chat, pray, share our stories (and drink coffee), building friendships across social and cultural lines.

Baby & Child Necessities

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By coming to Her Voice, the women are able to earn 10 points (worth roughly R100) per session, which they can then exchange for baby and child necessities in the catalogue that we’ve created.

Small Groups

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As the group grew, we realised the need a more intimate space, so we now gather in smaller groups every second weekend. It’s a space to build deeper relationships and grow within a loving community.

Little Voices

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As the babies become toddlers and children, they need attention so that their mamas can get the most out of sessions and we have a wonderful team of volunteers that truly invests in them with love and care.

Medical Help

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We also try to help in practical ways, like taking the mums and babies to a clinic in town or the amazing doctor and dentist who help us out, so that they don’t have to spend a day in the queue at the local clinic or hospital.

 

Internship

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A big step toward the dream of handing Her Voice over to the ladies of Kayamandi is our internship programme. The ladies are given organisational responsibilities and challenged to expand their view of their own potential. By the end of the three months they should feel more confident in managing their finances, taking risks to achieve their dreams and valuing their stories, using them to inspire others.

Welcome Baby

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We visit new mothers and provide them with essentials for their babies. It’s an awesome way to meet them, get to know them and pray for them as they courageously take on motherhood. Hatch provide us with bags for the Stellenbosch Maternity Ward, where our Kayamandi ladies distribute the bags and meet local moms.

Transition Home

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Two young ladies have already been given the opportunity to successfully “transition” into independent adulthood in the home of a generous lady. Our dream is to eventually buy a house or land where we can give more young women a safe place to stay, making it possible for them get out of survival mode and focus on their future.

Birth Ministry

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In order to change the experience of birth from something often thought of as painful, traumatic and shameful, we will run educational workshops, assist women during birth as doulas and offer postpartum care. We hope to partner with doctors, nurses and midwives to create safe and caring environments for new mothers.