S-Capes RESTORATION from EXPLOITATION
We provide a safe home for women rescued from sexual exploitation and trafficking providing them with physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care. We are passionate about bringing holistic restoration to each woman who walks through our doors. Each resident’s basic needs are met by providing her with shelter, food, healthcare, education, skills development, discipleship, counselling, and future orientation in a loving and homely environment.
From 2008 –2010 Miryam Cherpillod, co-directed JusticeACTs in vigorously rolling out a trafficking prevention campaign across the nation, impacting tens and thousands of people. Through the prevention program, many unassisted victims of human trafficking were discovered. It had always been in Miryam’s heart to assist and empower victims rescued out of human trafficking, but the question at that time was, “how?”
During this time, Miryam began working with a group of trafficked prostitutes who were wanting to leave their PIMPS/ traffickers. However, there did not seem to be suitable home or shelter to assist these women in their rehabilitation process. The same problem arose when JusticeACTs came across other victims of human trafficking during the prevention and awareness work. Miryam along with JusticeACTs, found it nearly impossible to find suitable shelters or safe houses with both beds available and the expertise to deal with the complex needs of a victim of human trafficking.
Upon further investigation, JusticeACTs together with government, law enforcement and other NGOs, realized that there was no safe house specifically providing safety and rehabilitative services to victims of human trafficking in the Western Cape. At a national level, there was almost no services available to victims of human trafficking.
By this time, the groundwork for S-CAPE was well underway. Miryam had developed a strong network of professionals and volunteers, recruited and equipped a team, and had begun raising funds. By January 2011, Miryam was able to secure a facility and by March they opened its doors to welcome S-CAPE’s first resident. In January 2013, S-CAPE was offered a building from the municipality and moved. Since that time, the safe house has often been at full capacity and at times unable to receive new residents.
S-CAPE and their rescued rely on the generous support from people like you.
We have recently finished building a second stage house in order provide a place for residents to live as they transition between the first stage home and reintegrating into society. The house will also provide more beds for first stage residents as well as women and children. As we are expanding, so is our budget. We are greatly in need of additional supporters to help with the daily running costs of the safe house, salaries for the house mothers, social worker, program director, and personal assistant, building and safety costs, etc. Whether it be R50, R500 or R5,000/monthly or a one time gift every amount helps.
In addition to money donations we are also in need of household items that are in good condition in order to finish furnishing the second stage home.
Setting up a local prayer group, raising awareness, or volunteering are other practical ways you can support S-CAPE.
Our vision is to see victims of human trafficking free and safe from exploitation, healed, and restored, empowered with life skills, and restored to a normal and sustainable life.
For more information or to donate visit www.s-cape.org.za