The Angels Care Crisis Centre
The Angels Care Centre in Morling Street, Howick, celebrated the completion of its Crisis Centre recently – fulfilling a long-term dream of Chairperson of the Centre, Dr Carolyn Hancock.
Dr Hancock welcomed guests to the opening with a heartfelt thank you to all who made it possible for this Crisis Centre to become a reality, adding to the vital services that Angels Care has been offering for the past 14 years to the many indigent and poverty stricken members of the Howick and surrounding community.
In her speech Hancock quoted Madiba as she outlined the reasons behind the opening of the facility – “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children the most vulnerable citizens in our society a life free of violence and fear.” An apt quote indeed on the occasion of the opening of this place of safety for children who are victims of gender-based violence. Here, young victims are loved and cared for by staff while justice is being served.
Angels Care is situated a few meters away from the Government Clinic and is across the road from the police station, as well as within walking distance of the informal settlements and schools. It is an ideal location from which to help children who are victims of abuse. The Crisis Centre consists of a medical examination room, counselling room, reception area and space where members of the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service are able to meet with the children and their families. Most importantly this means that the only thing that the young victim will need to do is to come to the Centre … everyone they need to help them will already be based there, or will come to the Centre to aid and support them.
Angels’ Care was first established in 2001, when Zanele Radebe saw a few children scratching in her rubbish bin looking for food. She started to feed them, others noticed and volunteered to assist. The numbers grew and the Angels’ Care Centre, named after Zanele, dubbed “Angel of Mercy”, was registered as a NPO 020-084 in April 2002, the primary object being the interests and rights of needy children within the Umngeni Municipal Area.
Initially Angels Care had no formal premises, but at the end of 2008 a property in Morling Street, opposite the Police Station, was purchased and in 2010 we were able to build an additional building to house the Pre-school. This enables us to undertake a number of projects, including a pre-school, an aftercare program and a weekly feeding scheme.
For more information have a look at www.angelscare.co.za and see what amazing work is being done all around us by individuals and groups, who care, really care.
“The world is a dangerous place, not becasue of those who do evil but for those who look on and do nothing.” ALBERT EINSTEIN
Telephone: +27 (33) 330 6837
Physical Address: 38 Morling Street, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa