The Vision, “to take into residence women and children so that they can be helped to process traumatic experiences and turn these into meaningful opportunities which will facilitate their development,” was birthed in the heart of the founder, Sonja du Toit, many years ago.
On the 23rd of June 2003, the launching of the “Worcester House of Hope” took place. In July that year the WHOH had their first intake.
Due to the need in the community our services are rendered mainly to current female victims of crime and violence.
The WHOH has an internal as well as an external programme. Depending on the needs of the individuals, the internal programme has a duration of between three days to three months. The facility can accommodate 15 individuals and include a kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large dining room/living room and a spacious garden..
The main activities include the following:
The WHOH has been in operation for the past 16 years.
The external programme involves training and motivational talks at schools and other service organisations by our full time Social Worker and Social Auxiliary Worker.
This is a Christian based organisation, working in unity with common goals. The target groups are women and their children in a crisis. The main challenges are similar to all NGO’s, namely manpower, growth, finances etc. The WHOH has been in operation for the past fifteen years, and has managed to survive the various challenges during this time. The Founder, Sonja du Toit was recently nominated for the Worcester Standard’s “Valleier van Maand”.
Community Development – We participate in events organised by other service providers to celebrate national days like Women’s Day, Aids Day and 16 Days of activation.
Family Ties – Services are rendered to residence and their extended families, including the perpetrator. This is done to promote healthy family ties and assist residents’ reintegration back into the community.