The Nonceba Family Counselling Centre, opened in 1998, is the only child rape crisis centre in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town. A true grass-roots community project, Nonceba (“concern” in isiXhosa) started with one woman’s decision to take action against the scourge of child rape and abuse in her community. The Centre, which began as a humble, one-room drop-in facility just over a decade ago, is now a landmark building and a beacon of hope in this largely impoverished community. In addition to campaigning against child abuse and domestic violence through community education and awareness projects, the Centre today accommodates up to 204 residents in its emergency safe houses for abused women and children. It also provides specialist counseling and expert psychological preparation for rape and domestic violence survivors in preparation for testifying in court.
In addition, the Centre prepares and trains foster and adoptive parents of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and runs an afternoon care facility for school-going children who have no parental supervision in the afternoons. Nonceba offers support in obtaining medical, psychological and legal help for violated mothers and children. Staff from the Centre accompanies children and their guardian/s to hospitals, the courts and through the often traumatic procedures necessary in the prosecution and recovery process.
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