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To provide psychosocial support services, a transitional shelter, and skills building programme to assist women to exit prostitution, as a pilot programme that is sustainable and replicable across the country.
There are an estimated 167,000 prostituted people in South Africa. Most of them are women with children who end up further feeding the supply chain of prostitution. Helping these women to exit breaks this chain.
of sex workers reported that their main reasons for selling sex were financial
research by Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce for the Western Cape in 2011
According to the World Bank, the normal profile of a poor household in South Africa is rural and headed by a single, black female. This also the main group affected by prostitution and human trafficking. Vheneka wants to economically and psychologically uplift these women in hopes to end this pattern of abuse.
The Vheneka office is quiet, the piping bags are abandoned, the oven is off, and sprinkles can be found littering the ground in obscure places. All of this is the aftermath of our amazing Mandela day project. This year Vheneka decided to give back to the community by...
Culinary professor Pauline Koen showing 10 women a receipe for Chocolate Cupcakes which will be later prepared for Mandela Day. The rooms are filled with the smell of cupcakes here at Vheneka as we prepare for Mandela Day. Vheneka is a non-profit organization who...
She is now on the road to recovery with the support of her new family. Through the support from Vheneka, Anna is mending her relationship with her siblings and extended family, receiving psycho-social support and attends skills development classes
After acquiring leather crafting skills, she was able to start her own small business, an extremely empowering endeavor and step towards greater personal autonomy
“I’m grateful that God kept me alive until now so that I can do something I’ve wished to do for a long time: to bring my future up so that my children can grow up with dignity. My future now is to grow up and do a business of leather crafting.”