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Organization Location: 
Cape Town
South Africa
Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children's Program

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  • Cape Town, South Africa
English, German, French
Organization Description
PHILISA ABAFAZI BETHU, name is deriving from one of our 9 languages of South Africa which means HEAL OUR WOMEN. Founder member and Director Lucinda Evans saw this great need for a women’s development program to be started up in the greater Lavender Hill community which is 30 km from the Cape Town city centre on the Cape Flats. This community has a population of over 50 000 people which more than 60% of this population is unemployed. Most of the population is women and also more than 50% of the women are unemployed but also single mothers, and survivors of Gender Violence. This community has a history of economic poverty, marginalized which led to crime. There is a high rate of Child abuse and Domestic violence. The mission of the organization is to advocate for the rights of Women and Children by Education Women around Human rights and also Economic empowerment through skills building.

The organization’s main objectives are:

1. To provide a safe space, support and educating women, and children who are victims of sexual, domestic and family violence about their rights, to be able to live freely and without fear.

2. To provide support for women, young girls and children who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS, TB and STI as a result of Rape, through education focusing on literacy so that these individuals will be able to live productive lives without fear of stigma and discrimination.

3. To assist women to become entrepreneurs through income generating activities, for example Arts and Crafts.
Childcare / Children, Education, Women
Skills Needed
Social Work, Creative Arts, Youth Work, Sports, Business, Mathematics, Entrepreneural, Photography, Life Coaching, IT
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: None
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$245 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • 2 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, Pre-Departure-Orientation, 3-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Internet
Lucinda Evans
Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children's Program Average Ratings
Personally, the experience of coming to South Africa and Philisa Abafazi was not just about the 3 months I actually spent in Cape Town (which by the way was AMAZING). It was also a confirmation that the 13 hour work days, early 7am starts and sponging for a drink down the pub off my friends every Friday night for the previous 7months was all worth while. Being a mummy's boy who loved being at home, it is safe to say I was more than a little nervous about flying half way across the world on my own. I had my doubts, but in hindsight if I had decided to purposely miss my flight, it would have been the WORST decision of my life and something I would have had to leave with for the rest of my life. Mother always told me there's nothing wrong with wanting to coming home early. The...
I first came across Philisa Abafazi 3 years ago and every year since then I have been back to volunteer with them in Lavender Hill. The work Philisa Abafazi does, has touched me so much that I decided the cause was so worth while and rewarding that I couldn't bare to leave again and decided to mov to Cape Town for 4 years. Working with Philisa Abafazi is the most life changing experience and it has certainly changed my life. The passion and commitment Philisa Abafazi has for the community is admirable. I would recommend volunteering with Philisa Abafazi Bethu to anyone, all skills are needed and all volunteers get the freedom to organise programs and workshops. It really is the most rewarding and life changing experience you will ever experience and I have been lucky enough to...
If I had known what was waiting for me in South Africa, I would never had been nervous to go. After finishing high school, I went to South Africa to volunteer for Philisa Abafazi and it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made. I was there for 3 months and I worked alot with the children in the chrildrens programme and it taught me a lot about the problems in Lavender Hill (where Philisa Abafazi is based), but also a lot about myself. When the 3 months were over I was not ready to leave this place, but I had to continue my travels which took me to Tanzania. After a month there I realised I missed South Africa and Philisa Abafazi so much that I had to go back. So after a couple of emails I was on the plane on my way 'home' to South Africa. This time I ended up...
Hello. My name is Natalie Finkelberg. I am from Montreal, Canada (currently living in New York City) and I feel so fortunate that I was able to travel to South Africa and work together with the wonderful ladies of Philisa Abafazi Bethu. Volunteering with PAB was a “life changing” experience for myself and all the other volunteers I worked with. After leaving our home in Canada and going to South Africa, we never could have imagined what was in store for us. Living and working on the Cape Flats, a suburb of Cape Town stricken with extremely high poverty, drug usage, gang, domestic and gender based violence, was definitely an eye opening experience. Coming from Canada I expected a vast difference in culture but could never have expected the warmth we were greeted with. From the day we...
Hey there. My name is Sarah Kimmig. I have been a volunteer working for Philisa Abafazi Bethu from February till April 2010. It is quite difficult to sum up my experiences in South Africa in just a few sentences because I had a fantastic time and once I start talking about that time which means so much to me, I can hardly stop. I will try to do my best, so here we go: The African culture is quite different from our lifestyle so living the African way for two months was quite different for me. But Lucinda´s passion for people and PAB, her open-mindedness and also her ability to work from her heart no matter what life throughs at her made it easy for me to settle in and feel at home in Lavender Hill very soon. I knew if there would be anything which would bother me, I could chat with...
What can a mathematical engineer student learn from being a month in Lavender Hill? First of all, after doing everything I could the entire last year to do well in the different subjects, a holiday was very welcome. And by travelling to the other side of the planet, you really get away from your studies. While a normal relaxed holiday can make you lazy, this type of holiday has a meaningful content in the day, and you still have the evenings to relax – when you don’t spend them drinking in Long Street that is. Yes, while you’re a volunteer at Philisa Abafazi you get to have loads of fun outside the organisation as well. Among other things, I’ve jumped the World’s highest commercial bungee jump, seen the African penquins, visited an oyster festival and, of course, at several occations...
I went to South Africa for 4 months and i can easily say that is was the best 4 months of my life. Choosing this programme will open your eyes and your heart. I would love to tell you what to expect on a day to day basis but working with this organisation your days can be so varied all i can guarantee you is that you will meet some amazing people who will change your whole outlook on life oh an you will cry your eyes out when you go home!!! I am going to just have to pick a few moments to tell you about. In some of the first weeks that I was there we conducted a baseline survey around the township of Lavender Hill. Whilst i was doing this survey i was blown over by the kindness and warmth of every person I met. But the highlight of my trip has to be taking the children on camp. We...
Philisa Abafazi Bethu is one of these amazing organizations which make a major difference and which improve the everyday life of the community they are working in. Lucinda, who created that organization, is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met. She is passionate, strong, brave, determined, clever, kind, devoted to the people in Lavender Hill. Looking at what she has done and at what she is doing everyday makes you realize that yes, everything is possible when you try it hard enough. She is the kind of person who makes her dreams come true, and who tries everything for the wellbeing of the needy. She dedicates her whole existence to people in need in Lavender Hill, who trust and love her organization. Looking at what the organization has accomplished in that area still...