Sisters Incorporated is a private welfare organisation, founded in 1959 and based in Kenilworth. It was originally established as a refuge for single pregnant women at a time when tremendous stigma was attached to being unmarried and pregnant. The property was bought by four doctor’s wives.
Following the legalization of abortion, the number of unmarried mothers in need of care decreased considerably, but at the same time, the extent of domestic violence within SA was becoming increasingly apparent. Responding to the changing needs within society, we amended our constitution, built an annex in the grounds of the home and are now also able to offer care to growing numbers of abused residents and their children of all races and religions.
To assist all the women and children in such a way that when they leave they are well equipped for their role in society.
To be a lighthouse in the community, making others aware of our presence and the positive changes we are making regarding domestic violence.
Sarah (not her real name) came to us after experiencing abuse and rejection by her partner. She was unemployed, had lost self –confidence and was isolated.
She has since found employment, linked up again with family members and is saving money to pay for accommodation when she leaves us. She looks happy, relaxed and is more self–confident than when she came to us. She is one example and her progress encourages us to continue helping women in need.