Start a Safe house
- By: Petro Gordon
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/petro-gordon
My name is Petro Gordon, a 54years old, from Paarl. I have a dream, for so many years now, and always hoped that I will be able to help women and children in abusive circumstances. If I reach my goal, I will be able to rent a house for at least a year, which will be used as a house of safety for women and children.
I am a Safety parent with Childwelfare in Paarl, and they often phone to tell me there are more and more kids to be removed because of their parents who eg. are drug addicts or abusive towards the children. My heart goes out to vulnerable and abused kids, and unfortunately I am not in the position to take in any kids, because I don't space. Especially during this time of covid-19, and being in lockdown there's unfortunately a rise in alcohol abuse by adults, which led to the removal of children by Social welfare, but in most cases they can't find placements. I would love to assist, even if i can take care of one child at a time.
I also worked at an NPO in Paarl for 10 years, and saw how broken the homes are, and most of the times the women and children stay in those circumstances, because they have nowhere to go.
My heart breaks for the many women reaching out to me (I have from time to time therapeutic writing sessions for abused women) and many of those ladies are in positions where they just cannot move out of their houses because they are afraid, but most importantly because they don't know where to lay down their head, and because of that, they get "use to" the beatings, the humaliation.... My dream is to help someone out there, a woman, a child, giving them hope, giving them a place of safety. Kairos house of Hope will give hope to someone in need.