Projects Abroad Human Rights Office – Cape Town, South Africa – Monthly Reports
Projects Abroad Human Rights Office - Cape town - Monthly reports - August 2010
Bonnytoun – A place of safety for boys aged 12-18 who are awaiting trial. Volunteers have been visiting Bonnytoun twice a week, teaching the boys about their human rights, this month focusing on 'life after Bonnytoun', drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
St Anne's Women's Shelter – Volunteers managed to assist the women to get jobs at the end of July and so work at the shelter this month began slow. The numbers have slowly started to increase again and volunteers have been teaching the women about a variety of issues including workers rights, interview techniques and employment. Also children's rights and basic human rights have been covered, as well as domestic abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Sisters Incorporated – Volunteers have been visiting this women's shelter and discussing important human rights topics with the women. These include access to child grants, a child's right to education, drug abuse and rape.
Peace by P.E.A.C.E – This is a conflict resolution and communication skills programme which involves the volunteers carrying out workshops with children in schools in two underprivileged communities in Cape Town; Lavender Hill and Manenberg.
Refugee Information Workshops – Volunteers are teaching school children in Khayelitsha the concept of refugees and the rights they have. Xenophobia is a huge problem in South Africa and this project aims to challenge the perception that far too many have about refugees.
Youth Programme in Manenberg – This project aims to bring change within the community of Manenberg focusing on issues such as personal development. Volunteers this month have assisted the youth to clear an area to be utilised as a soccer pitch.
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme in Khayelitsha – In partnership with Siya Khatala, volunteers have been visiting vulnerable families and child-headed households within Khayelitsha, looking to ensure that basic human rights are not being violated and to assist with social grants, access to healthcare and education.
Lavender Hill – Volunteers have been visiting Philisa Abafazi Bethu (Heal our Women), an organisation in Lavender Hill for abused women and children. Here PAHRO volunteers have set up a mobile clinic where consultations are held with those who are in need of legal advice.