The Nonceba Family Counselling Centre is located in Khayelitsha, a township just outside Cape Town. Khayelitsha is the largest township in the Western Cape province and has a high level of overcrowding and poverty.
For years, unemployment and crime rates have been high, particularly around violence against women and children with little services and support for the victims.
A shelter for survivors of violence in Western Cape
In 1998, Nocawe Mankayi and Hazel Black established the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre in response to the violence suffered by children and women and to make up for the lack of effective emergency intervention services. The centre aims to prevent violence through education, and offers early intervention services and treatment for severe cases of abuse.
The centre has a shelter for women who have survived domestic violence or have been victims of human trafficking. Most women in the shelter are HIV positive, are struggling to access healthcare and have received limited education and training.
Nonceba offers them a place to stay, individual and family counselling, legal support, access to healthcare, educational programmes and victim empowerment groups.
Ideally, women should stay at the centre for a year for the Nonceba programme to be fully effective, but the South African Social Development Department only provides funding for a three-month stay for each woman. The Circle is aiming to fund the shelter for as many months as possible, so that the shelter and all the women living there can achieve their full potential.
Watch our film about Nonceba and one of the women it supports — the incredibly resilient and positive Siyanda.