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 fact that I went all the way to South Africa and stayed for 3 months shows the great impact Philisa Abafazi had on me. The warmth that I was greeted with was something I would never had expected to receive, for I was just a stranger. I was treated as if I were a long lost friend, returning home. Working at Philisa Abafazi was fantastic. What astounded me the most was despite all the abuse, despite all the hardship, every single women and child on the program never stopped smiling. That is the impact Philisa Abafazi had on these peoples lives. Without Philisa who knows what the state of Lavender Hill would be like, I imagine not a pleasant place to be. Having said that, Lavender Hill is by no means rid of abuse and hardship and who knows if it ever will be, but the work that Philisa Abafazi, Lucinda (Director) and her extraordinary staff do goes a long way to making so many peoples lives bearable. Without them these people would have little hope of getting out of abusive relationship, little hope of finding the courage to stand up for themselves and little hope of developing the life skills needed to become successful. I cannot stress enough the importance of what these guys do every single day. Go to see for yourself. I'm glad I did.