what we do

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Every second weekend, a group of mums and mums-to-be gather in Kayamandi. It’s a lively morning, with babies sleeping on laps, toddlers exploring the room and older children playing outside, 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 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 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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But we also want to help more tangibly. By coming to Her Voice, the women are able to earn ten points per session, which they can then exchange for baby and child necessities in the catalogue that we’ve created.

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.

small group

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We needed to create a more intimate space where our mamas can meet more often, so we now also have weekly small group meetings. The ladies don’t attend for points, but simply come to grow as individuals within a community that loves them.

practical help

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We also try to help in other 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.

 

welcome baby

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We visit new mothers and provide them with a gift basket of 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. We’ve also started partnering with Hatch, who have provided us with bags for new moms at the Stellenbosch Maternity Ward, where our Kayamandi ladies have taken charge of distributing and meeting local moms in hopes that they can also join Her Voice for continued support.

transition home

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Thanks to an amazing lady who opened her home and monthly financial sponsors, two young ladies have been given the opportunity to successfully “transition” into independent adulthood. They continue to push forward with more confidence than ever as they support themselves, their children and pursue their goals. 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 futures.

internship

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Her Voice will not be a success until it is able to be run by the ladies of Kayamandi themselves. A big step toward this dream is our three-month internship programme. The ladies are given responsibilities which help run the organisation on a day-to-day. They are also challenged to look upward and outward to expand their views of what is possible for their lives, their community and the world. By the end of the three months they should feel more confident in their ability to manage their finances, taking risks to achieve their dreams and valuing their stories and the stories of those around them, using those stories to inspire and encourage others.