Counselling for 15 women refugees in South Africa



Healing workshops give women refugees from poor communities access to counselling, with the added benefit of group support.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Women refugees often live together in one shelter, but rarely share painful memories. Lack of trust as well as culture and language differences prevent them. Healing workshops create a safe space where they can open up to others who are in a similar situation. The time spent together during the workshop often makes these women more effective advocates on behalf of themselves and fellow refugees. Many are able to let go of painful feelings, and most leave workshops with a new sense of hope.

How will this project solve this problem?

Tailor and lead a workshop, lasting two and a half days. This intense experience allows refugee women find an emotional release by dealing with issues in their lives that have for long not been attended to.

Potential Long Term Impact

After participating in a workshop, women are able to find the inner strength and courage to re-build their lives - for themselves and their children. Many become more effective advocates on behalf of themselves and fellow refugees.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £4,595

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £4,595 .  The original project funding goal was £4,463.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Institute for Healing of Memories
Institute for Healing of Memories

Glosderry, South Africa

Project Leader

Michael Lapsley

Cape Town, Western Province South Africa

Where is this project located?

Map of Counselling for 15 women refugees in South Africa