SAARTJIE BAARTMAN CENTRE

					     SAARTJIE BAARTMAN CENTRE
       FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN




            ANNUAL REVIEW
                2005




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                P O Box 38401
                 GATESVILLE
                     7766
   Tel: 021-633 5287 Fax: 021 637 3487
Email: saartjiebaartman@womenscentre.co.za
                                          ANNUAL REVIEW

                                                 2005



CONTENTS

  1. Chairperson of the Board’s Report                         3

  2. Saartjie Baartman Centre Reports                          5

       2.1      Centre manager’s report                        5

       2.2      Job skills development project                 8

       2.3      Legal advice and training project              10

       2.4      Research programme                             11

  3.         Saartjie Baartman Shelter Report                       12

       3.1 Shelter manager’s report                       12

  4. Centre Structures, Partners and Staff                     15

       4.1 Board of management                            15

       4.2 Partner organisations                               15

       4.3 Staff members                                       16

  5. Funders and Friends                                       16

  6. Financial Report                                          19




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1.     CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD’S REPORT

Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends of Sarah Baartman Women’s Centre and the family
of Sarah Baartman. It is my great pleasure to deliver this my very final Chairperson’s report. I
know at the last AGM during 2004, I indicated that that would have been my final public task as
Chairperson of Sarah Baartman Women Centre, alas that was not to be.

This time however colleagues and friends, I take great pleasure and pride to inform you that the
board of management has indeed found a new chairperson but more of that later.

Colleagues, today in this my final chairperson’s report, I will not be going over all the activities
that the Centre has embarked on during the past year. Synnøv, our Centre manager, will more
ably do this. Instead, I wish to focus on the current and future living space of the Centre. What
do I mean by that?

Colleagues, Sarah Baartman Women Centre is six years old this year. As I indicated in the
previous report I cannot believe that time has traveled to quickly – but it is true, Sarah
Baartman Women’s Centre is six years old. What I wish to share with you is the growth and
development of the Centre. You know colleagues, the journey of every organization is like that
of a person. First you have the birth years and this Centre’s birth was fairly smooth but the
teething years were very traumatic. Nonetheless we survived. Then the Centre entered the
early development years where we crawled and later took our first tentative steps to becoming
an NGO. This period went smoothly yet we learnt a lot about running an NGO. Then came the
graduation from early childhood to the first school years and here we brought on board
partners, entered into contracts and even took on business ventures. We passed the exams
through our first external evaluation. Once again not without pain and learning. We definitely
know what not to do again in terms of business ventures. Lessons learnt from the exams were
who we still needed to bring on board in order to effectively make the Centre a one–stop
centre.

Today we are facing our teenage years – and you know how difficult this period in one’s life can
be. Colleagues, Sarah Baartman is now in the stage where we are asking ourselves the
questions; Who are we? where are we going? what should the governing structures be?
What is this thing called partnerships? How should partnerships look? What is our next
five-year plan ? How do we get there ? How should we restructure in order to get there?
And how do we listen to and reflect the voices of the women we serve?

This stage will require of us definite and decisive leadership but most of all will require the
commitment, passion and interest of all of us that has made the Centre so remarkable. On this
note, dear friends, I am pleased to inform you that the board of management has indeed found
the leadership to take the Centre forward. The new chairperson is someone you know and
someone we all trust and respect. Cheryl Ayogu is no stranger to the board and having moved
on to the business sector she has agreed to take on the role as chairperson as a representative
of private sector and as an interested and committed volunteer in the fight to end all violence
against women. I wish her all the best and salute her commitment, passion and interest.

In closure dear friends allow me to pay a few personal respects:
To the staff of Sarah Baartman, thank you for your absolute commitment and high standard of
service – don’t let up; to the Centre management, I am aware of your trials and tribulations –
thank you for persevering and continue to do – your efforts are valued; to the wonderful board
members, I salute you – please continue to provide the leadership and support for this Centre
to remain meaningful to the women who need a home away from home; to the funders and
friends, without your support we would never have reached these teenage years – please do
not leave us. Most importantly to the courageous women who have come and left the Centre,
we hope we were able to be of help to you when you needed us – please be a beacon of hope

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to others and inspire them to break the cycle of violence. Never but never let go of your
dreams.

To the many who have traveled with us on our journey over the past six years – the journey has
just begun – remain with us and help us to grow to that what we were intended to be “ A light
at the end of the tunnel; a beacon of hope; a shining star; a helping hand; a caring
shoulder; an integrated service; a friend in need; a home away from home”.

Finally, dear friends I wish to share with you some words from John Amatt:
Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain
Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life –
Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities
Testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique
potential

Let’s all continue the journey and adventure of life and find in ourselves that which is unique
and worth striving for – let no day go unchallenged and no opportunity passed over.

Let us all take the opportunity to shape the next life space of Sarah Baartman Women’s Centre
and in doing so “Continue the struggle for a society where peace is possible”.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you

D. Van Stade
Chairperson




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2.     SAARTJIE BAARTMAN CENTRE REPORTS

2.1   Centre Manager’s Report                                                    Synnøv Skorge

The Centre has had a good balance of consolidating existing projects and bringing on board
new ventures over the past year. The number of national and international visitors is ever
increasing and it is very encouraging for the Centre to be seen as a best practice model and to
share our learnings to the benefit of other organizations. It was a highlight to have the newly
elected Chairperson of the South African Committee of the European Parliament, Antonio di
Pietro, and his delegation visit the Centre in January. The European Commission officer, when
requesting the visit wrote, “the visitors will be voting, next year, on how much development
funds South Africa should receive from 2007 – 2011 from the EU and I want to ensure that they
are made aware of the key work of civil society organizations such as yourselves. Having
visited the Centre myself twice I think that the work that you do is very impressive and will make
a lasting impression on the delegates”.

The Centre is being approached by many local and overseas universities to provide student
placements, as they see the Centre as a unique opportunity for students to experience
‘partnership in action’ in the provision of a range of services combating gender-based violence.

The Centre is enjoying and benefiting from its growing network of support. The people who are
committed to the Centre and contribute in their unique ways are a tremendous source of
inspiration and ensure that the Centre is always developing and expanding its projects and
outreach. Recently, the Centre was approached by the Body Shop to participate in the
innovative ‘Stop Violence in the Home Campaign’, which was launched very recently and will
develop into a national campaign next year. In the past year, the Centre has been in the
process of consolidating its existing projects and evaluating its current functioning and
structures.

Staff news
Michelle Smith rejoined the staff in April after having been on maternity leave. Michelle’s
second daughter, Shanice, was born on 1 February! Thembeka Ncanwya filled in as
receptionist for Michelle, then stayed on as night supervisor for the shelter and became the
Centre’s new administrator in June when Ntombi Shongwe moved back to Gauteng. Our
second new staff member, Shumeeze Johaardien, took over the financial administration from
Shereen Mathir in June. Shereen gave birth to her second child, Ziyaad, in July and is now a
full-time mother. Many thanks to Ntombi and Shereen for their contributions to the Centre. A
very warm welcome to Thembeka and Shumeeze who are already an indispensable part of our
team! Our congratulations to Ilze Pedro who was married on 5 November!

The staff for the soap project, Meisie Mtyuthu, Vivian Lunake and Mampho Stephen moved to
contract work in June as the soap project scaled down to producing soaps for specific
contracts.

The staff has had a very productive year in terms of staff development with each staff member
attending several training workshops and events. Highlights of the year have been staff being
part of the civil guard of honour for the State of the Nation Address and participating in the
Women’s Parliament.

Special thanks to Shahieda Allie for facilitating the staff support groups and workshops, Jane
Bennett for facilitating the strategic planning, Kathryn Mc Morrow for her series of ‘care for the
caregiver’ workshops, Emma Oliver for her therapeutic massages and Jo Duxbury for the
marketing workshops. Enkosi, Titshalakazi Nontutuzelo, siyakuvuyela ukufunda nokutheta
isiXhosa! (Thank you, teacher Nontutuzelo, we are enjoying learning and speaking isi Xhosa.)



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The Centre has had a very productive year. A brief overview of the project developments is
as follows:

Shelter
Thanks to funding received from the National Lottery Trust Fund, the Centre’s budget has
increased and the ability for the shelter to meet the residents’ daily needs has vastly improved.
Furthermore, funding has been received from The Nussbaum Foundation and Chris Pinkham to
build a further six second-stage housing units. The first four units were opened at last year’s
AGM and have proven to be a very successful addition to the shelter programme. The
International Organisation for Migration has funded the upgrading of the security of the Centre
by renewing the fence, installing a Closed Circuit TV system on the outside of the building and
installing more lights outside. These developments have greatly improved the security of the
entire building, especially for shelter residents.

Job-skills
The Job Skills Project has had some changes. While the soap production was scaled down to
match sales, the other training courses have increased. Thanks to funding from First National
Bank, the First Aid and Home-based Care training courses (including life skills and HIV/AIDs)
have increased and have been particularly successful. The Centre realizes the critical
importance of successful economic empowerment projects for the clients at the Centre. The
projects strive to maximize the ability for clients to have access to immediate income-
generating opportunities, job-skills training and job placements. The Centre’s three new partner
organizations Kazak, Jobstart and Triple Trust are much needed additions to the Centre’s
economic empowerment programmes.

Legal Project
Funding was received from Global Fund for Women, B.O.E and the Foundation for Human
Rights, and the Legal Project has gone from strength to strength. Access to free legal
intervention has become an essential part of the Centre’s services. Many thanks to Heléne
Combrinck for her continued support of the project and for driving the advocacy work.

Research
The Research Project is the most recent addition to the Centre’s projects. Two impressive
documents have been produced; the first is the story of the Saartjie Baartman Centre and its
particular model of partnership development and the second is the manual of guidelines on how
to grow a one-stop centre based on the experiences of the Centre. The Centre is finding that
the documents are particularly useful in assisting other organisations with replication work.
Many thanks to Debbie Budlender for her dedication to and supervision of the project.

Partnership development

Our partner organization, Sonke Cape Tourism, left the Centre in June 2005. The Trauma
Centre expanded their services to include their Children and Violence project. The Muslim Aids
Programme started at the Centre in February and is responsible for providing specialized
HIV/AIDS counselling, awareness raising and training. The new partner organizations Kazak,
Jobstart and Triple Trust are contributing greatly towards the economic empowerment
programmes.

The University of the Western Cape’s Departments of Psychology and Nursing have placed
students at the Centre to do their practical placements. The services they provide include
counselling, intake and basic health care education.

In conclusion, the Centre has a tremendous support network. It is inspiring to work with so
many people from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise who are willing to contribute,
each in their unique way, assisting the Centre in its work towards ending gender-based
violence. Thanks to go to the following people: Marina Rehbein and her group of dancers who
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had a benefit concert for the Centre at Artscape; Rachel Young of Razor Sharp Films who
produced a public service announcement, ‘End of Violence’, for the Multichoice Vuka! Awards;
Carmen Lerm of Fusion Design, who assisted with the AGM and does art workshops with the
children. Thank you!

Many thanks to the board, partner organizations, volunteers, the Department of Social Services
and the funders for their contributions. Special thanks to the Saartjie Baartman staff for their
commitment, dedication and ability to always put the clients of the Centre first!

Please note that all the names used in the case studies have been changed in order to protect
the identities of the women and children.




                            Staff members building team spirit, at least!




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2.2    Job Skills Development Project                                          Shaheema McLeod

The Job Skills Development Project is geared towards providing services to individuals who
experience gender based violence - and empowering marginalised women and youth to make
use of the skills acquired at our Centre to create a better future.

The project provides women and youth with the necessary tools like life and job skills
development, and entrepreneurial capacities and competencies. The objective of the project is
to improve the income-earning potential of the unemployed in our community so that we can
have a direct impact on poverty reduction by empowering individuals to help themselves.

The aim this year was to increase the availability of short-term, non-formal training in
employment-orientated skills. We focus on the individual as a whole.

The Centre’s three key areas of development
Type of training /   Training elements            Description/Course outline
workshop
1. Life Skills       Life Skills & Personal       Self-development; communication; conflict;
Development          Development                  human relations and assertiveness.
                     Abuse & Assertive Training   Issues of abuse; behavioural patterns.
                     First Aid                    Principles of First Aid; First Level qualification in
                                                  First Aid Practical application.
                     HIV/AIDS                     Understanding HIV/AIDS; Positive Living with
                                                  HIV/AIDS; Caring for individuals with HIV/AIDS.
2. Job Skills        Home-based Care              Role of caregiver; Taking care of a person in
Development                                       need of care.
                     Soap Project                 Soap-making process for resale.
                     Jobstart Training            Includes training in the hospitality industry and
                                                  basic catering.
3. Income            Car Wash service             Short-term income – service offered to staff and
Generation                                        visitors to the Centre.
                     Office Administration        Job shadowing
                     Events Management            Setting up & cleaning of halls, training rooms
                                                  and offices.
                     Child Care Assistant         Residents work on rotational basis in crèche.
                     Sewing Projects              1. Kazak Fashion House
                                                  2. Isibindi Project – Fusion Design.




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        Success stories
        1.      Ivy, an ex-resident who successfully completed the Red Cross Home-based
                Care training is now working in the frailty care sector. She also assists
                women and youth in the community who are experiencing some form of
                abuse – shares her success story and provides information of where they too
                can get help.

        2.      Three residents, Noeleen, Xoliswa and Anthea who participated in the
                Jobstart Food Preparation course received job offers while they were still in
                training. Xoliswa left a note under my door saying, “Thank you for the training.
                I got a job with a lady in Durbanville”.

        3. Through the Fusion Design sewing project, Isibindi, residents Sadie and Fay, who
           hardly spoke a word, are now teaching other women to make roses. They visit
           Fusion Design offices three times a week to teach others their newly acquired
           skills.

        4.     Another resident, Zuleiga, assisted in the Economic Kitchen during her stay in
        the shelter. Now she does all the Centre’s graduation catering!

These are but to name a few of the success stories.
Plans for 2006

   To further develop and expand current projects.
   To explore business skills training and development.
   The Centre is keen to forge partnerships with the corporate sector to create a mentor
    programme for residents who have received training.




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                                                 JOB SKILLS PROJECT STATISTICS FOR PERIOD: OCT 2004 - OCT 2005


                                   90


                                   80


                                   70
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS




                                   60


                                   50


                                   40


                                   30


                                   20


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                                    0
                                                   Events                          Isibindi              Kazak                    Mosaic     Redcross
                                         Car Wash                                                                                                        Soap
                                                  Managem   First Aid   HIV/AIDS    Rose      Jobstart   Sewing    Life Skills   Abuse &      Home-
                                          Service                                                                                                       Making
                                                    ent                            Project               Project                 Assertive    based
                         Oct/Nov 2004       3       12         8                                                                    6           6         4
                         Feb/Mar 2005       4       12                                           1         80                       8           9
                         May/June 2005      3       12         6                                           50
                         Aug/Sep 2005       3       12                                           3         30          12           6           4
                         Oct/Nov 2005       3       12         16         16         10                    30                       16         10
                                                                        TYPE OF TRAINING & EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES




                                            Shelter Graduation ceremony for HIV/AIDS & First Aid courses




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2.3    Legal Advice and Training Project                                                  Ilze Pedro
The Legal Advice and Training Project operates as a partnership initiative between the Saartjie
Baartman Centre for Women and Children and the Gender Project of the Community Law
Centre at the University of the Western Cape. The overall objective of the project is to improve
justice for women who experience gender-based violence.

For the period 01 October 2004 – 30 September 2005, the project provided legal advice and
assistance to 196 individual clients. During this period, 33 protection order applications, 14
maintenance order applications and 15 divorce actions were instituted on behalf of clients.
Each client has on average three consultations with the legal advisor.

In our evaluation forms we asked our clients whether they thought that it was necessary to
have the project/legal advisor at the Centre. One client responded, “Yes – many women don’t
know what their rights are and many women are given the wrong information about their rights
– so that is why a legal advisor is necessary.” Another client responded, “Yes, without the legal
advisor I wouldn’t have gotten this far.”

We presented six information sessions to shelter residents. The information sessions covered
topics such as maintenance, domestic violence and divorce. The residents clearly enjoyed the
workshops. They all reported that they learnt a lot and that these workshops provided them with
useful information.

We further presented a training workshop, which focused on the link between the Firearms
Control Act and domestic violence. The workshop was attended by SAPS members as well as
representatives from counseling organizations and other community-based organizations. We
also presented an information session about domestic violence, which was attended by
members of the community.

The Project established a referral network with legal services and other organizations. We are
thrilled to announce that during September 2005, we signed a joint venture agreement with the
Cape of Good Hope Law Society. In terms of this agreement, we can refer our clients to
attorneys in private practice, who will provide specialized legal services to our clients free of
charge! This is definitely one of the highlights of the Project.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everybody who supported the Project over the
past year. Without your support, the Project would not have been such a big success! We look
forward to an exciting year ahead. The following is a case study of a shelter resident who was
assisted by the legal project.

      Case Study
      Lisa abused her mother, Ada and her daughter Kay emotionally, economically, verbally and
      physically. Ada called members of the family to speak to Lisa but that did not help. Ada was
      referred to the legal advice and training project by our intake workers. At that time, she
      desperately needed assistance as the abuse was getting out of hand.
      We reported the matter to Child Welfare and Kay was placed in Ada’s care as that was in
      Kay’s best interest. We then assisted Ada and Kay to apply for a protection order against
      Lisa. The Court ordered Lisa to stop abusing her mother and her daughter. Lisa is no
      longer abusive towards Ada and Kay. Lisa received a child support grant but never used
      the money to buy anything that Kay needed. Instead, she used the money to buy herself
      alcohol and drugs. We reported the matter to the Department of Social Services and they
      will no longer be paying the grant to Lisa. Ada will now apply for the grant as the primary
      caregiver of Kay.
      Since Lisa was not maintaining Kay, we assisted Ada to apply for a maintenance order
      against Kay’s father and Lisa. Kay’s father is now maintaining her in terms of the court
      order and the maintenance application against Lisa is pending. Ada recently came to our
      offices to say thank you. She told us that she did not know how to express her gratitude
      and said that Lisa is a different person now and that she, herself, is living a peaceful life.
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2.4       Research Programme                                                         Irma Maharaj

The Centre initiated its research programme in 2003 when it received funding from Themba
Lesizwe, a South African Network of Trauma Service Providers. The Centre commissioned a
preliminary study to identify the research needs of the Centre. The following were identified as
the main areas needing to be researched:

         Documenting the history and development of the one-stop centre model based on
          partnership in order to assist those wanting to replicate the process;
         Looking at the economic empowerment of women within the context of gender-based
          violence, focusing on the Shelter’s clients;
         Investigating a standardised method of record keeping on clients of all partners;
         Looking at the possibility of compiling an archive of material for talks and articles to
          serve as a shared resource among partners;
         Examining the merits of involving men in various roles at the Centre.

The preliminary study formed the basis of the funding proposals for the next phase of research.
Themba Lesizwe and AusAID provided funding and a fulltime researcher was employed in
March 2004. The first project, Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children: The Story
1999 – 2004, was completed at the end of 2004. This document recorded the development of
the Centre from inception and formed the basis of the next document, Guidelines: How to
‘grow’ a one-stop centre – for replication of the one-stop centre model. The Guidelines
document was completed in mid 2005 and the Centre is hoping to secure funding for its
translation into isiXhosa and Afrikaans, as well as for compilation of workshop material for
replication work. Thereafter, the Centre plans to conduct workshops nationally for others
wishing to start similar one-stop centres.

The third research project, which looks at economic empowerment of women within the context
of gender-based violence, is currently underway and is expected to be completed in early 2006.
The Centre deemed this research topic to be important because it was recognised that if
women gained a measure of economic independence, they would be in a better position to
make choices that affected their lives. The study examines the Centre’s job skills development
programme in order to assess its level of success and to make recommendations based on the
findings.

We wish to thank all those who contributed, in any way, to making the research programme a
success.




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3.        SAARTJIE BAARTMAN SHELTER REPORT

3.1       Shelter Manager’s report                                               Rosemarie Cox

As I reflect on the past year I am excited to share our challenges and achievements in our
efforts to provide services to women and children survivors of gender-based violence.

Statistics show that in the Western Cape one in every three women is being abused by their
intimate partner, husband or boyfriend. At the Saartjie Baartman Shelter we deal with the
effects of abuse on a daily basis. Shelters have become a core feature in service provision for
abused women in South Africa. Dobash & Dobash (1992) have defined Shelters as places of
safety where abused women and children can seek refuge when their lives are endangered.
During the past year we accommodated and rendered services to a total of 297 women and
children of different cultural backgrounds, presenting different problems. We continue to
provide short-term accommodation (three months) including meals to these abused and
traumatized clients. So many women and children benefited from our services, which include
the provision of counselling, job and life skills development and various other programmes.
These programmes, which are aimed at empowering the women by providing education, are
ever changing. Programmes for the children over the past year included Warren from Busy
Bees giving karate training to most of our school-going children. The training provided discipline
and helped a lot with their behaviour. Nuraan, a grade 11 learner at a nearby school (also a
W.P cricket player) arranged a jumping castle for the little ones who enjoyed this tremendously.
Richard Hawikwa, our volunteer coordinator and his team, spent many valuable hours with the
children taking them out on Saturdays. Clint Bowers from Peace Jam invited the teenagers on
two weekend camps, where they had loads of entertainment and privileged treatment.

Saartjie Baartman Shelter statistics for the past year

         Provided accommodation for 196 women;
         Accommodated 101 children;
         Provided overnight/weekend accommodation for 18 women;
         Twenty-nine women went back home;
         Thirty-five women received legal assistance;
         Five destitute women were referred to relevant institutions;

                           Words of encouragement by a shelter resident
                                           Changing Life
                                        Respect your choices.
                            Love yourself and other people around you.
                                   May the Father above bless you
                             with all the choices you have made in life.
                          Don’t forget that there is a God who loves you all
                                and sees what you’re going through.
                                 Make your choices and be proud of
                                   how you choose to live your life.
                                     Send love to those you love
                                    and who want to be LOVED.
                                     By Francisca Van Willingh

Staff replacement
Annoesjka Africa (childcare worker) and Gaironesa Jacobs (night supervisor) unfortunately had
to leave our shelter because they wanted to further their careers. Victoria Booysen (night
supervisor) unfortunately had to leave as well because she took ill. Maria Jordaan replaced
Annoesjka Africa as the new childcare worker and two committed volunteer workers (Anet
Joubert and Patricia Lotz) picked up the night supervisors’ responsibilities in the interim.
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Volunteers
I greatly treasure the help of the many volunteers (local and international) who gave many of
their valuable hours to the Centre. A special thanks to Mr. Johnson for his commitment to
picking up the Woolworths donations every Sunday for the past two years. I am also extremely
proud of the rapid progress made in the garden project. It looks good and helps us a lot with the
healing process of our clients. Thanks to Liz Simpson and the wonderful group of women from
the Soroptimists club who spend long hours working in the garden.

Second-stage housing
Specific women who went through the shelter programme qualified for second-stage housing.
Six women and eleven children occupied the four units. One woman went back to her partner
and one was hospitalized for 3 weeks. She then moved back to her parents’ home after she
was discharged from hospital. Two women asked for an extension, which was granted to them.




                   Second-stage housing provides medium-term accommodation

            Shelter resident case study

            Zaida is a middle-aged woman who had lost hope and vision for her life. On
            arrival she had no direction and thought there was no future for her. She
            believed she was too old to achieve anything. However, during her time in the
            shelter her hope and vision were restored as she came to learn that there is
            light at the end of the tunnel. Zaida was one of our many residents who truly
            benefited from our shelter programme and she is a positive role model for many
            women in the community. She is currently working three days per week as
            caregiver to a sickly person. The following is her letter of thanks:

            Dear Saartjie Baartman Staff

            I hereby wish to thank you for the wonderful support and hospitality you have
            shown me as well as to everyone else who was in need of help.
                 When I first entered your centre, I was destitute and confused. I couldn’t
            focus clearly and thought that things will never come right for me because of
            my domestic life that was in a mess. I had no job, nowhere to go, but then you
            opened your doors to me and helped me to the best of your ability. You also
            taught me ways to control myself – to be more assertive and in the process,
            enabling me to help those even less fortunate than myself.
                 During the course of my stay you motivated me to better myself by sending
            me on valuable courses, which has empowered me as an individual. You gave
            me new vision and made me realize that I can make my own dreams come
            true. I have completed the Home Care Course and now I earn a salary. You
            truly showed me that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, I thank
            the staff of Saartjie Baartman from the depth of my heart. I will be forever
            grateful to you for helping me find myself and placing the key to a better life; a
            better future, in my hand. May your organization grow from strength to strength.
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Childcare centre
The childcare centre provides a safe and caring environment for the Shelter children. Over the
past year the childcare worker ran daily programmes for the toddlers and pre-school children,
and arranged creative activities for the school-going learners. She also put together a
programme to involve the mothers with the activities in the crèche, which helped a lot with
bonding between mother and child. On Fridays they would do more out-door activities like
picnics, walks, outings or watching educational movies.




                        Childcare centre for shelter residents’ children

        Children’s stories

        1.      One of the cases that stood out for me was Kashief, a three year old who was
        very aggressive. He used to swear and fight a lot and always wanted things to go his
        way and if he did not get his way would turn the whole crèche upside down. He
        screamed and swore and fought with anybody that was in his way. I will never forget
        how the other children hid under the table and held each other. They would sit there
        until everything was over. The only way to calm Kashief down was to take him outside
        so that he could scream all his frustrations out. Normally I would call the mother to
        come and spend some time with him and it always worked. One of the children once
        asked me to send this boy to another place because he is making her scared just like
        her Daddy used to do.

        2.    A four year old, Tracey, told me she stayed in Park Town where all the rude
        people stayed. I asked her what the people were doing and she told me that her daddy
        and granny were rude to her mommy. Granny was always swearing and fighting with
        her mom. Her daddy would use bad language if he wanted his food, and did not like it
        when her mom cried. She said she was glad that they were not staying there anymore.

        3.     Cedric and Patrick, aged eight and eleven told me how scared they used to be
        when it was weekend. He would come drunk from work and then he would shout,
        scream and fight with their mother. They could not even talk because they were too
        scared. He would beat them with a spade and throw them against the wall. They would
        always run to other people’s homes for safety and to hide themselves. Their mother
        would only come the next day to fetch them. These two boys had bad behavioural
        problems and lack of respect for older people. Fighting and swearing was normal for
        them.




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Conclusion and thanks
The progress we have made to date would not have been possible without God’s help and the
tireless efforts of a small but dedicated group of full-time staff and volunteers.

Since it is impossible to mention everyone by name, we wish to acknowledge our deepest
gratitude to all those individuals who have donated to Saartjie Baartman Centre in cash and
kind.


4.     CENTRE STRUCTURES, PARTNERS AND STAFF

4.1    Board of Management

Members of the Board

Debbie van Stade                     Chairperson, Department of Social Services
Synnøv Skorge                        Centre Manager
Cheryl Ayogu                         Ex-Provincial Coordinator, Western Cape Network
                                     On Violence Against Women (Treasurer)
Chantel Cooper                       Director, Rape Crisis
David Fourie                         Director, SANCA
Egbert Wessels                       Director, Selfhelp-Manenberg
Dale Isaacs                          Director, Sonke (until June 2005)
Erica Jacobs                         Acting Director, The Trauma Centre
Shahieda Allie                       Manager, Muslim Aids Programme
Yvette Abrahams                      Community representative
Shereen Mathir                       Staff representative (June 2004-June 2005)
Irma Maharaj                         Staff representative (from July 2005)

4.2    Partner organisations

On-site partners:

Athlone After-hours Child Abuse Centre
Jobstart (from May 2005)
Kazak (from Jan. 2005)
Muslim AIDS Programme W C (from March 2005)
Rape Crisis Cape Town
SANCA
Sonke (until June 2005)
The Healing Business
The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Torture and Violence
Triple Trust
Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women

Off-site partners:

African Gender Institute, UCT
International Organisation for Migration
UWC Community Law Centre
UWC Department of Nursing




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4.3    Staff members

Centre staff
     Synnøv Skorge                           Centre Manager
     Shereen Mathir                          Financial Administrator (until June 2005)
     Shumeeze Johaardien                     Financial Administrator (from June 2005)
     Shaheema McLeod                 Job Skills Training Manager
     Ntombifuthi Shongwe             Office Administrator (until June 2005)
     Thembeka Ncanywa                Office Administrator (from July 2005)
     Ilze Pedro                      Legal Advisor
     Irma Maharaj                    Researcher
     Ilse Ahrends                    Programme/Partnership Coordinator
     Michelle Smith                  Receptionist
     Vivian Lunake                   Soap Project Assistant (until June 2005)
     Meisie Mtyuthu                          Soap Project Assistant (until June 2005)

Shelter staff
     Rosemarie Cox                          Shelter Manager
     Maria Jordaan                   Child Care Worker (from August 2004)
     Rachel Petersen                 House Organiser
     Gaironesa Jacobs                Night Supervisor (until March 2005)
     Chriswin Louw                   Social Worker
     Nontsasa Makula                 Social Worker (Part-time)

5.     FUNDERS AND FRIENDS

Special thanks to:

African Star Fishing for their donation.

AUSAid for helping to fund the research project.

BoE for its contribution towards the Legal Advice and Training Project.

Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation for the funding of the first four second-stage housing units.

Chris Pinkham for a donation towards building more second-stage houses.

D.G. Murray Trust for funding the new childcare building.

Department of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation (Western Cape) for funding the
    partnership development, Shelter, job skills and HIV/AIDS projects.

FNB Fund for its contribution towards the Economic Empowerment Project.

Foundation for Human Rights for helping to fund the Saartjie Baartman Legal Advice and
    Training Project.

Global Fund for Women for contributing towards the Legal Advice and Training Project.

International Organisation for Migration for security upgrades.

Investec for their donation of Shelter equipment.

Kristen Fletcher, family and friends for their very generous contributions to the women and
      children in the Shelter.
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Levi-Strauss for funding the renovation of the training hall.

National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund for helping to fund the Shelter.

Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation for funding further second-stage housing.

Sia Maw, for donations in the memory of our friend and colleague, Debbie Quenet, for the
     second-stage housing project.

Soroptimist International Cape of Good Hope for refurbishing the Shelter and for the creation
     and upkeep of the Shelter garden.

South African Development Fund for HIV/AIDS funding.

Themba Lesizwe for helping to fund the research project.

Tiger Reef Fishing for their donation.

Vodacom for their donations.

Woolworths Century City for their donations of food and clothing to the Shelter.

For offering staff support/supervision:
Shahieda Allie, MAP
Jane Bennett, African Gender Institute, UCT
Debbie Budlender, CASE
Helene Combrinck, Community Law Centre, UWC
Emma Oliver, Trauma Centre

Melissa Smith for ongoing assistance with printing the Sarah Baartman pamphlet and staff
     business cards.

Astrid Wicht and Peter Dunckley, our architects, for the hours and hours of planning and
      building the second-stage housing and childcare centre.

Mr April, Mr Hamilton, Mr Meyer, Mr and Mrs Nwedamutsu, Mr Stevens and Mr Valentine from
     the Department of Correctional Services for help with the building projects and with
     keeping the grounds clean and neat.

Ann Roese from the Department of Public Works for her support and help with the painting and
     maintenance of the Centre.

Lou Mazel and Judith Sowerby from the US Consulate for their support of the Centre and
    donation of a computer to the Shelter.

Mr James Johnson, for volunteering to fetch the Woolworths donations week after week.

Richard Hawikwa for coordinating the volunteers who help with the children in the Shelter.

We would also like to thank our volunteers and friends who generously give of their time and
expertise to the Centre:

Bea Law St Andrew’s Church, Newlands
Rasheeda Adam, First secretary, South African High Commission
Fran Booysen
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Natalie Borman
Bobby Brown, Froggy Pond Fresh Air Camp
Sisters Cupido and Scott, Heideveld Day Hospital
Jane Keen
Sarah Bailey
Jessica Abrahams
Winnie Cottle
Myra Steenkamp
Esmeralda Kleyn
Shaheema Bucks
Linda Visser
Jo Tudhope
Toni Gurney
Tracey Stennet
Joanne Kwenda
Amanda Lopes
Kirstenbosch Horticultural Society
Manenberg Police
Pick ’n Pay
Plascon Paints
PPP Cement
The Power Group of Companies
Tess Prince, Levi Strauss
Sister Scheepers, Levi Strauss
Silicon Overdrive
St Anne’s Homes
St John’s Ambulance
Women’s Legal Centre




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7.       FINANCIAL REPORT



BALANCE SHEET AT 31 MARCH 2005


                                 NOTE              2005        2004
                                                    R           R

ASSETS

Non - current assets                             103 217      166 142

Property, plant and equipment           4        103 217      166 142

Current assets                                   1 164 706   1 486 714

Accounts receivable                               152 120     48 631
Bank balances and cash                  2        1 012 586   1 438 083

TOTAL ASSETS                                     1 267 923   1 652 856

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Capital and Reserves                             1 209 931   1 327 455

Accumulated Funds                                1 209 931   1 327 455

Current liabilities                                57 992     325 401

Bank Overdraft                                     11 162
Accounts payable                                   46 830      32 446
Grants received in advance              3           -         292 995

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                     1 267 923   1 652 856




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