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The Lily Reed Foundation

The Lily Reed Foundation was registered in 2017 with the aim of breaking the intergenerational transfer of violence against children. Based in Ocean View, a gang and crime ridden area in the Southern Peninsula of the Western Cape, the NGO offers free child therapy, community workshops and parenting support to the children and residents of this community.

The Foundation was started by Lily Reed, who was the victim of a violent gang rape in 2012. Through her healing process she wrote an introspective book called The Dark Seed describing how she not only survived the ordeal but was able to heal to the point of forgiveness of her attackers. Lily realised that admitting to the world about what had happened was not enough and that real change had to start in the areas where children were learning that violence was a plausible choice.

Lily began a programme in the community reaching out to children in need of trauma counselling and ongoing support. She soon realised that the intergenerational transfer of violence between families had normalised violence, child abuse and neglect in the area.

The Foundation aims to break this cycle of violence and give children the opportunity to make different choices, to educate and inform parents and community members of the power they have to change their circumstances. Most importantly, the Foundation is teaching people how to forgive and move forward to a brighter future.

Donor Messages

terry Beaumont
thank you for giving the children of OV support and hope
kathy pearlson
This is truly inspiring stuff that you are doing, thank you!
Cheyne Pearson
Much respect. I hope you and your organisation go from strength to strength. Keep up the amazing work!
Eva van Belle
Initiatives such as yours fill me with hope for Ocean View.
David Frost
Good luck with the undertaking. Your passion will bring success. Great to have met now.
Anne Currin
Congrats on setting it all up.
Anonymous
You have been on my mind. Keep up the good work
Jade NaliB
You continue to amaze me x
Anonymous
Inspirational x

Activity feed

terry Beaumont donated R 200 to The Lily Reed Foundation via The Lily Reed Foundation
27 Jul 2018 R 200
kathy pearlson donated USD $ 42 to The Lily Reed Foundation via The Lily Reed Foundation
26 Jul 2018 USD 42
Cheyne Pearson donated USD $ 40 to The Lily Reed Foundation via The Lily Reed Foundation
25 Jul 2018 USD 40
David Frost donated R 514 to The Lily Reed Foundation via The Lily Reed Foundation
02 Jul 2018 R 514
Jade NaliB donated R 500 to The Lily Reed Foundation via The Lily Reed Foundation
29 Jun 2018 R 500