Sheriat Upliftment Centre for SA Women (Good Morning Angels)

At SHERIAT we help women become financially self sustainable as well as emotionally and spiritually strong. We do this through skills training and job creation, looking at women's lives in a holistic way and supporting them where it is needed.

 
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At SHERIAT we help women become financially self sustainable as well as emotionally and spiritually strong. We do this through skills training and job creation, looking at women's lives in a holistic way and supporting them where it is needed.



An example of such a woman is Lesego. When we first met her, she was in such a state due to her horrific circumstances and crisis pregnancy. She was psychologically unstable, could not read or write, could hardly speak English, unemployed, unskilled and unable to care for herself, let alone her three children and other dependent family members. We started walking a road of support and training with her. Along with the medication, counselling and life skills training, she was also enrolled in several of our training courses. She was given the opportunity to start working in the bakery as well as doing some hand and needlework for payment. This was supplemented with food, clothing and other house hold products that we received as donations - she could now start sending some of these and some money home to her elderly mother who was looking after her children.



With the handwork it became apparent that she was struggling with her eyesight. We arranged for her to get her eyes tested and the optometrist sponsored glasses. Amazingly, she emerged as quite the sales lady and business person. We helped her start her own small business by providing her with second hand clothing donations we received. She sells them in her community - providing a service and earning an income. We helped her open



her own bank account and did some business training with her.



It just seemed like she was starting to cruise along nicely when the first disaster struck - the house her family lived in and everything she owned, in Venda burned down. She sobbed so uncontrollably it took us a very long time to realise what exactly had happened. We sent her home with everything we could lay our hands on in order to rebuild their home. To our surprise it was not long before she returned - when we asked her if she needed more time, she said: "no, the babies must eat and go to school and she must work for that to happen." She truly became a rock in our organisation - hardworking and trustworthy and now she is training other women in the bakery.



At this point she is in such high demand, she can choose where and for whom she wants to work and people are calling her with more opportunities. There were some other crises (life also happens to her) - her elderly mother became blind due to her diabetes and during the recent storms and floods in that part of the country, her house was damaged. She takes control of every situation now and deals with it well - we believe it is because she is spiritually and emotionally strong, has a support network and is financially able to take the blows. She has become a contributing member of her family and community instead of a needy one and because she is doing so well, her children and dependent family members are also reaping the benefits.



There are about 30 more women like Lesego currently in our project and there are a variety of things we need and use to help them:



? Baking ingredients of +-R5000 per month (Self raising flour, sugar,

? Baking ingredients of +-R5000 per month (Self raising flour, sugar, oil, butter/margarine, oats, All-Bran, cacao, spray-n-cook)

? The electricity bill is around +-R1500 per month

? We would like to pay at least the petrol of our volunteer trainers - R1500 per month

? Second hand (or new) clothing to help the women and their families with or to give to the women to sell in their communities to generate an income (we prefer teaching to fish over handing out fish)

? Training material (printed manuals, beads, wool etc.) +-R1 000 per month



To only mention a few?

Topic Progress


Posted on 2011-08-21 12:31:07

South Africa has just celebrated Women's Day: a day to take stock of the rights and plight of women at all levels of our SA Society. It is clear that large sections of women are still the last to receive training, even though they carry the burden of taking care of children, parents and communities. Today, Good Morning Angels will visit Sheriat, a training and help facility for women in Silverton, Pretoria. They currently have around 30 women under their wing, who are being trained to bake, sew, do hair and sell clothes to enable them to earn a living. These women are all from backgrounds of hardship and need, but when they leave Sheriat, they are not only able to take care of themselves, but also their families and larger communities. Sheriat is self-funded and relies on donations to enable them to do their valuable work for women in South Africa. Their motto is to teach, uplift, enable and support rather than to hand out. Read the story of Lesego, one such woman, in the original request below.
 
 
 
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RUAN VENTER said on 2011-08-17 12:33:13

WIE DIT MAG AANGAAN:

INSAKE: fONDSINSAMELING

RUDAN -1 STOP(RUSTENBURG) wil graag Fondse insamel vir iemand in nood. Die eienaars van Rudan het R50 000 as 'n begin geborg aan 10 vrywilligers wat vanaf RUDAN -1 STOP Rustenburg gaan wegtrek met hul fietse en 90km ver gaan ry ten bate vir vat my hand. Die 10 vrywilligers gaan dan poog om nog fondse in te samel by verskeie organisasie. Wil net weet hoe "vat my hand" se opset werk. Ons het gedink as die storie deur Jacaranda geadverteer word, kan ons lede van die publiek vra om bydrae te maak en dit dan terselfde tyd in "vat my hand" se rek te betaal. Ons wil regtig probeer om baie soveel as moontlik fonse in te samel.

Wil net graag bietjie meer inligting oor die organisasie uitvind en met wie om te komunikeer.

Ons poog om dit in November 2011 aan te pak. Sal dit waardeer indien ons kan terugvoering kry.

Groete,
Ruan Venter
Rudan 1-stop

Anneri said on 2011-09-14 15:28:28

Hi Ruan,

Bel my asseblief op 0721756612. Vat my hand het \'n paar great idees vir julle fiets toer of email my by annerij@yahoo.com

Dankie!

 
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