Many of our clients’ experiences have stripped them of their dignity and they are being ill-treated by other organizations that they turn to for help. A part of restoring people’s dignity is the respect we give our clients from the moment they walk through our doors; after interacting with us, they feel that they matter.
As an organization we show love and respect to children and treat them as human beings, no matter how little or young they are. We never ill-treat them and we are also aware of how they feel. Even in our absence they know we love and care for them.
From my county I learnt that to discipline a child you must beat the child and cut the child’s hair. When I came to South Africa I learnt that a child has rights and a voice to speak out.
Teenagers are seen in a negative light and everyone complains about them; but if they are with a “different adult” who will correct them from a place of love and will listen to them it makes them feel like they matter.
The deep work we do has an impact. Striking can have a general impact, but what impact does it have on the individual? I am not saying that marches are useless, it will give a person R100 more in their pocket. This does not compare, however, to a Community Healthcare Worker who did not see … Continue reading Clinical Director
The Milk of Human Kindness In the work we do inside and outside of our counselling rooms, we see that people are increasingly unforgiving and unkind towards each other– especially in families where you would expect to find kindness and empathy. In our daily behaviours we can show kindness by… Showing compassion to each other … Continue reading Sophiatown West Team
Sawubona In our disconnected world, it seems just too much to expect people to be fully present for one another. We are constantly running around, doing “things” without SEEING anyone. A very saddened counsellor came to work one day and shared this observation in our weekly team meeting. Go to a supermarket or a petrol … Continue reading Bertrams Counsellor
You’ll find a gogo who comes in and before I can say anything she says, “my child, please don’t cheek me, please don’t be harsh to me,” because of experiences at other organizations. At Sophiatown we make a difference in people’s lives by acknowledging them regardless of race, age or history.
Many people ask me how I cope listening to such problems all day and I tell them, “I don’t listen to problems, I listen to people”. The heart of listening to a human is part of being a human rights activist.