Shelter faces growing numbers in lockdown

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Brown Lekekela is the founder of Green Door Women’s Shelter. Photo: Robyn Kirk

DIEPSLOOT – Green Door Women’s Shelter experienced a high number of women and children seeking shelter since the country entered into lockdown.

The founder of Green Door Women’s Shelter, Brown Lekekela has urged members of the public to donate nonperishable food and shopping vouchers for
the facility.

This was after the women’s shelter experienced a high number of women and children seeking shelter since the country entered into lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak in March this year.

Green Door, which is located in Diepsloot West, provides shelter and free counselling services to women and children who are victims of rape, gender-based violence, sexual abuse and bullying at school.

The facility also provides basic skills which teaches women about their rights and empower them to stand up and protect themselves against abuse.

“We are an organisation that was created for charitable and welfare reasons, and provide goods and services, not for profit purposes, but to help women and children in need,” Lekekela said.

“We are passionate about helping people, particularly vulnerable women and children of Diepsloot who seek shelter in our facility on a daily basis.”

He added, “Since the country entered in a lockdown in March, we have had more people coming into our facility seeking help. Most of the people who came to seek help were the victims of domestic violence.

“Partners had to live together 24 hours for the first time and that put pressure on unemployed men who couldn’t provide for their families.”
Lekekela said most of the victims who came to the facility were referred by local health centres such as clinics and other non-profit organisations.

Details: Brown Lekekela 065 247 3643; brownlekekela@gmail.com

By: Nduduzo Nxumalo

Source: https://fourwaysreview.co.za/355544/shelter-faces-growing-numbers-in-lockdown/