Background / our story
Her Voice was established in <year?> based on the idea of ‘transition home’. We recognized the need for this in the lives of young women in underprivileged communities, namely Kayamandi, without a safe place to stay, but we realized it would be a longer process to get a physical home set up. So we set up the workshops and Her Voice as it is today to still provide that ‘family’ support system and foundation, even if we couldn’t provide a physical home.
A friend of the organization offered two rooms in her home to house girls for the Transition Home project. We had sponsors for them to cover basic costs and their stay was based on contracts that were written based on their individual goals of working or studying. They were required to contribute a certain percentage of their income toward rent, groceries and savings. They were each assigned a mentor and connected with a counselor on a regular basis. Both of them stayed for about a year each and they are now both staying on their own today with full time jobs, taking care of themselves.
Her Voice and Stichting Architects For Society (AFS) were connected in early 2018 during AFS team members visit to South Africa and the area where Her Voice works.