Established in the year 2000 to protect and save vulnerable girls who have been abused, trafficked and are infected or affected by HIV, Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope stands for exactly what the name implies - a refuge of hope to young girls who are most in need.
To help make a positive impact Rosebank College offered to assist the NGO with its strategy, introducing Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope to companies who can assist with their identified needs which include marketing assistance amongst other things. Spearheading the project from Rosebank College is Lizette Lansdell, National Human Resource Manager.
"The relationship started on the Rosebank College Auckland Park campus where in 2013 and 2014 Rosebank College prepared Christmas Shoe Box gifts for the girls. Based on the feedback we received from all involved, we selected Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope as our project. Further to that, learning more about Human Trafficking and the impact it has on society, made us commit time and energy to the project," adds Lansdell.
With this in mind, Rosebank College is calling on all staff members and students to help raise funds for the home, by purchasing soy candles priced at R50 to help keep the doors open for these vulnerable girls who call Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope their home. "Members of the public are encouraged to join in by making any kind of contribution," adds Lansdell.
Candles can be bought from now until the end of the year from Lizette Landsell, National Human Resource Manager at Rosebank College or the Student Relationship managers on the various Rosebank College campuses across the country.
About Human Trafficking
Although we do not have reliable numbers, we do know that Human Trafficking is prevalent in South Africa. The number of cases being reported suggests it is on the increase. The situation may in fact be far more chronic and sever than we know. Evidence does however suggest that South Africa is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, and Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope was established to assist and support young girls who have been caught in the firing line.
"We offer hope by changing mindsets, restoring dignity and nurturing these girls, so they too can have a bright future," says Khanyisile Motsa, Founder and Director of Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope.
What can I do?
"Sometimes the task looks simply too big for anyone to be able to make a difference, yet Mam Khanyi insists on making a difference," says Lansdell. You can join in by purchasing a candle or volunteering your time. All money collected will be used to contribute to the day to day runnings of the shelter. For more information on Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope and how you can lend a helping hand visit Hope Home.
Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002). Company registration number: 1987/004754/07.
Written by Karabo Keepile