PLEA: The organisation's founder, Lucinda Evans

An organisation, which provides healing and counselling for over 1000 women and men, may have to temporarily close their doors as the premises it was renting will make way for a new school.

Philisa Abafazi Bethu was founded by activist Lucinda Evans, who is also the chairperson of the Mitchells Plain Cluster Forum and founder of the Rene-Tracy Roman Search and Rescue unit.

Lucinda is now appealing for two mobile classrooms for the organisation and hopes to be relocated to the grounds of Lavender Hill High School.

The organisation is currently renting space at the Cafda Family Centre on the corner of Prince George Drive and Eighth Avenue, Grassy Park, which will this year be home to the Two Oceans Academy, which is funded by Old Mutual.

She says they're grateful to be able to stay on the premises during construction, but will need to relocate before March.

Since last year, the organisation has helped 1220 women and 35 men involved in domestic violence cases.

Lucinda and her team are now fearing they will have to shut down their unit, which focuses on eradicating gender-based violence and has helped in many child murder cases: “We supported five court cases like Rene-Tracy Roman, 13, and Stacha Arends, 11, of Mitchells Plain, to name some.

“Lavender Hill High told us we can use their grounds for two mobile containers, but if we don’t get it by March, we will have to shut down our gender-based violence services.

“It is the hardest decision we will have to make. We started off with this and especially with women and children being murdered.”

If you can assist, contact Lucinda on 073 424 4665 or 076 270 3050.

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