Our Programs

Counseling Program

As the issue of violence against women and children, Counseling plays an integral part of Ilitha Labantu programs. Perhaps the most urgent and crisis-driven aspect of Ilitha Labantu work is to provide counseling to township women and children who have suffered abuse and violence. Ilitha Labantu focuses more on preventative and secondary measurers. This program includes a number of services including:

  • Drop in centers for affected people seeking counseling to come, discuss their problems & get advice.
  • Home visits to women, upon request
  • Accompany women who have suffered violence to hospital/court
  • Offer Artistic ways to vent out their frustrations – Therapy [drama, poetry, painting]
  • Individual counseling
  • Facilitated support groups
  • Advice and support regarding future planning and empowerment
  • Play Therapy
  • Referrals

Lobbying and Advocacy Program

The Lobbying and Advocacy program aims to influence policy makers on raising awareness and paying more attention to domestic violence cases in the community and to have a greater integration between domestic violence issues with other issues regarding gender equality. Qualified Para legalists and lawyers assist community member with all legal advice and documentation. There are various services offered in this program, which are:

  • Providing Free Legal Advice & Information
  • Educating & Training
  • Court Litigation Advice
  • Assisting Clients with Procedural Court Processes
  • Public Awareness
  • Research
  • Data Collection
  • Court Assistance

Youth – Siyazingisa Program

The Youth Program aims to educate and empower youth on violence against women and children. In partnership with schools the program is designed towards sensitizing our educators, youth and children to be socially conscious. As an organization we want to produce a youth that is vigilant in asserting themselves as well as a youth that will be responsible for their own actions. And the only way to achieve such a goal is by developing programs and educational material that will reach children at an early age. There are many programs running simultaneously, which include:

  • School visitation
  • Youth development
  • Peer Counseling
  • Youth Camp
  • Youth Support Group
  • Training & Education

Transitional House

Transitional house program, also known as the shelter, is specifically for battered and abused women and their children and that offers immediate shelter for up to three months for women and their children who are victims of relationship violence and abuse. Any women, with or without children, who has been physically, emotionally, verbally, financially, psychologically or sexually abused. The house assists women who are taking their children away from abusive situations. This program includes a number of services including:

  • Counseling & Advice
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Legal Advice
  • Referrals Services
  • Training & Education
  • Support Groups

Skills Development/ Building Bridges Program

The overall aim of Building Bridges is to combine life experience with appropriate job readiness skills. The program is a unique employment training initiative designed for abused women and young women who have experience abuse and early pregnancy. The program takes a holistic approach to employment preparation by addressing individuals’ physical, social, emotional and intellectual facets.. The Building Bridges program includes a number of services including:

  • Skills Empowerment
  • Job Creation
  • Transferable Skills
  • Employment and Economic Independence
  • To share experiences across the South African and other African Country’ cultures.
  • To create a network of women in similar situations.
  • Information sharing
  • Exchange of ideas on addressing the role of culture in relation to violence against women
  • Discuss effects of violence against women during voting campaigns and how to mobilize women to exercise their right to vote.