Sibaya Community Trust has heeded the call for help from The Open Door Crisis Care Centre and sponsored a new vehicle to enable the centre to continue its invaluable service in the community. The centre’s existing vehicles are between 10 to 14 years old, with one having navigated over 200 000 kilometres and no longer reliable. Without reliable transport The Open Door Crisis Care Centre would not able to continue to support the vulnerable people it serves.
“Sibaya Community Trust is privileged to be in a position to answer The Open Door Crisis Care Centre’s desperate call for a vehicle. Reliable transport is essential for reaching the people that the centre supports in communities across KwaZulu-Natal. We know that a new vehicle is indeed a wish list item for nonprofit organizations and that within limited budgets money must be prioritised for the essentials. We are pleased to have taken some of the burden off their shoulders. We wish them many happy and safe miles with their new wheels,” says Sibaya Chairman Vivian Reddy at the Sibaya Community Trust.
The Open Door was established in 1997 by Thora Mansfield at the request of the South African Police Services to address the high incidence of crimes against women and children.
From small beginnings The Open Door is today recognized as a lead organization not only nationally but also internationally in addressing serious social issues through counseling, psycho-social services and support groups. Its work has impacted on the lives of more than 400 000 men, women and children who have suffered rape, domestic violence, child abuse or crimes of violence.
The Open Door has won 22 awards for its work in changing lives of those that are hurting and suffering as a result of crimes of violence that affect them mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. The Open Door has an accredited shelter for abused women and their children and has recently been accredited to open one of the first men’s shelters in the country.
“Our success however is not measured in the awards or the statistics but by the number of lives that have been healed and restored. This has not been without challenges, the most pressing challenge being lack of suitable transport.
“We thank Sibaya Community Trust for its generous sponsorship of a vehicle to ensure that our vision to reach thousands of men, women and children every year is a reality,” says Thora Mansfield, Founder and Director: The Open Door.
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