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The ABH VJ Kara Family Centre offers hope to domestic violence survivors

The ABH VJ Kara Family Centre focuses on a variety of issues concerning society, such a crisis intervention, preventative programmes and awareness campaigns. Services provided by the ABH VJ Kara Family Centre include a temporary safe house, accommodation for women and their children, counselling and family therapy, practical support such as support groups, trauma intervention and crisis management, trauma debriefing and networking with other organisations. The ABH is a long-standing charity that offers care and shelter to the aged and frail, victims of violence and abuse, children and the mentally and physically challenged and is reliant on the generosity of donors to keep their residents in good care. The ABH VJ Kara Family Centre hopes that you will support the women and children that they care for by contributing towards their meals or providing toiletries. If you would like to contribute towards meals please email ashana@abh.co.za and if you would like to help in any other way please email kish@abh.co.za All forms of help are welcome and appreciated.

Nirode Bramdaw, ABH’s spokesman and board member said: “South Africa has some of the most shocking statistics of domestic violence in the world, particularly against women. The ABH VJ Kara Family Centre has been assisting victims of abuse since 2007. The Centre is a safe house for abused women and their children. On an annual basis, we help more than 300 women and children who need accommodation and assistance.
“One of our previous residents at the ABH VJ Kara Family Centre Annie Naidoo* endured beatings from her husband for almost 22 years‚ until he smashed a snooker ball in her face which resulted in her permanently losing the eye. The ABH helped *Annie regain her confidence and today she is a much stronger and happier woman, said Bramdaw, adding that she is now a successful and gainful member of her family and society.
Women and children who are abused and need assistance can contact the ABH VJ Kara Family Centre on 031 404 9523.

*Annie is not her real name.

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Register at the ABH Learning Centre

The ABH Learning Centre opened in June 2009 and it is an integral part of the NPO. We believe that real progress can be made in addressing youth unemployment by providing training, experiential learning and job opportunities to unemployed young South Africans. The centre offers modern classrooms, offices, a skills laboratory and accommodates passionate students.

We encourage young people to register for our Ancillary Health Care Course. We have three annual intakes, in March, June and September. The full-time, one-year course is accredited by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) and is structured to develop a student’s career in healthcare.

The Ancillary Health Care course offers theoretical and practical training. Upon successful completion of the course, students can gain employment in private hospitals, old age homes, retirement homes and community care centres. Students can also become private carers and earn a competitive salary.

The entrance requirement for the course is Grade 10-12 or an equivalent certificate or an ABET Level 3 Qualification. We offer small, intimate classes within a nurturing and supportive tutorial system.

The top 10 students will be guaranteed placement and we will assist all students to find jobs after completion of training. Our next intake of students will commence their studies on 2 September 2019.

Fikile Mthethwa, a current student, said, “The full time course consists of 7 skills programmes which include numeracy skills, literacy skills, home-based care, HIV and AIDS, Community Development, Health and Safety and Personal Finance Management. I am passionate about studying the human body and I enjoy the theoretical and practical work because I can take the theory that I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the workplace. The course helps me develop relevant skills and I really look forward to being an asset to the healthcare sector”.

We appeal to corporates to sponsor students from disadvantaged backgrounds and earn BEE points. Skills Development is one of the most demanding Priority Elements on the B-BBEE Scorecard and learnerships account for more than 50% of the Skills Development points. The Ancillary Health Care Course meets all the requirements for companies to achieve the learnership points for BEE. With learnerships, companies can claim back on skills development spend; benefit from tax rebates and help unemployed people join the workforce.

Hospitals are also eligible to receive funding through the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA) when they upskill staff. As such, we encourage hospitals to register their staff for our Ancillary Health Care Course.

For more information about the ABH Learning Centre, phone 031 4049 523/4 or email selvie@abh.co.za

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Make a difference by supporting the ABH Charity Store

Come and visit the ABH’s Charity Store. We sell both pre-loved and new clothes and shoes at our Charity Store, which is located at our headquarters,80 Arena Park Drive, Chatsworth.

In an endeavour of meeting our monthly deficit we separate the donations into sales and those for the residents. We ensure that everything donated benefits those we care for, as every decision is made in the best interests of the residents.

Our monthly deficit of R520 000 has to be met with innovative fundraising initiatives, such as this. Staff salaries make up more than 50% of our costs. The ABH employs 400 staff members and we offer 24-hour nursing and health care to the elderly, mentally and physically challenged, children and victims of domestic violence.

You can buy brand new T-Shirts for R15 and the latest kid’s shoes for R40. The store is open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 3pm. We are also open on the last Saturday of the month from 8am to 3pm.

We are currently running a campaign and ask the community and businesses to please donate clothes or shoes. Please email charitystore@abh.co.za or call 031 404 9523 or 067 766 5922. You can drop off clothes and shoes to our headquarters at 80 Arena Park Drive in Chatsworth.

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