Phakama Community Center has been a safe haven for the Gugulethu community for almost 20 years - providing nourishment, empowerment through learning and upskilling, counselling, and a safe space for hundreds of community members from birth all the way through to the elderly. Everyone has a warm, loving place at Phakama.
Phakama Community Centre is in desperate need of rebuilding and creating a permanent structure, most urgently to create a permanent Safehouse for the women in its community who have experienced domestic violence and need a safe place to stay.
With this in mind the collaboration between Susana Kennedy, Future Females Foundation and Future Females was launched. Through this partnership, we aim to raise enough money at this Summit to complete Phase 1 of the Project, which involves buying the property, building a wall and hiring security for safekeeping and protection of the property, and then building the Safehouse to house women affected by gender-based violence.
Phase 2 will involve building bathrooms, a kitchenette and creating bedrooms within a hall space, each with its own locker and bed, and filling the Safehouse with necessities like bedding, toiletries, food, decor, and more.
Our aim is to build a place of love, comfort, nourishment and safety for the vulnerable and in need.
Throughout their stay at the Safehouse, the women will receive professional trauma counselling, as well as participate in Skills Development training courses and community work within the community center, re-building their confidence, self-worth and trust in humanity.
100% of funds raised at the Empowered Summit will go towards the development of this Project.