Club Name: Soroptimist International Durban Club
National Association: Soroptimist International South Africa (SISA)
Network: Soroptimist International Southern African Network (SISAN)
Federation: Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
Charter Date: April 1964
Current Number of Members: Twenty Six (26)
Non-Profit Organisation Registration Number: 166-800
Postal Address: PO BOX 47314 Greyville, 4023 South Africa
Bank Name: First National Bank
Account Name: Soroptimist International – Durban
Account No: 508 712 192 57
Branch Code: 220226
When: 2 nd Tuesday of every month
Where: 102 Florida Road, Musgrave Durban 4001
Where: 102 Florida Road, Musgrave, Durban 4001
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Important Calendar Dates
Annual General Meeting: May
Other: Mandela Day, Women’s Day
SI Durban Duffs Road Library Project
SI Durban is currently collecting books to finish a library at Duffs Road Primary School, north of Durban.
SI Durban-ABH Victim Empowerment Project
Aryan Benevolent Homes Victim Empowerment Centre is charged with the difficult task of providing shelter to victims of abuse after they are processed by the police. With limited resources they are then expected to provide trauma counselling, re-skill, find employment, re-
settle and completely rehabilitate the victims. Their principles encompass the basic tenants of the Goals of Soroptimist International. The project was launched at a brunch for the ladies of the Victim Empowerment Centre on Mandela Day this year. It was a wonderful opportunity for the brave victims to share their stories of despair and triumph with us. SI Durban will begin work to refurbish the existing bathrooms and showers, as well as to refresh and improve the general appearance of the shelter.
SI Durban has also undertaken to setup a skills development centre and new office for the social worker.
We have also undertaken the following:
- To assist and setup an employment network for the women.
- Assist the VEP with the monthly therapeutic outings for the 20-25 women.
- To provide comfort packs and feminine hygiene products to the VEP
- To provide support to the ladies eg. court appearances, where possible
- To provide the VEP with inspirational, motivational talks when we are able to assist
- To assist, where possible with your “White Door” program
- SI Durban will also be setting up a Garden
1. ADVENTURE INTO WOMAN HOOD & SI BURSARY PROJECT
The Club hosts its annual Adventure into Womanhood in August. The purpose of this event is to inspire, motivate and empower Grade 11 girls, from various government schools based in disadvantaged communities with skills required to make the transition from high school to tertiary education easier.
Experts in various fields present talks and advice relevant to the girls. Refreshments, lunch and goodie bags are provided for all the girls who attend. SI Durban also uses the Adventure into Womanhood event to source applicants for our Bursary Programme, initiated in 2014. The bursary is awarded to a deserving candidate after a rigorous selection process. To date, 3 full bursaries have been awarded. The club will now be including and additional bursary for a special needs learner.
2. SCHOOL TALKS
SI Durban Executive Member and Psychologist Dr Pretha Shah has prepared talks with guidelines and advice on Coping with stress and EQ + IQ = YOU. Assisted by SI Members interactive talks are delivered to Grade 11 pupils and stress balls and rulers are distributed to learners. A new topic will be presented to the schools every year.
3. MARCHING AGAINST ABUSE & COMFORT PACKS
SI Durban joined in the Sisters for Blisters March to support the 16 Days of Activism against the Abuse of Women and Children. Taking a stand against this crime that plagues society the club also distributed Comfort Packs to the Newlands Crisis Centre who care for victims of rape and abuse after they are processed at the police station. Our support to this cause and the supply of comfort packs for victims of rape and abuse will be an ongoing project of the club.
4. TOY DRIVE
The club spread some joy over the festive season with a Toy Drive. Children from the Aryan Benevolent home were treated to a morning of treats and a choice of a toy. The event will be an annual feature on the clubs calendar.
5. FUND RAISING MOVIE SCREENINGS
SI Durban hosted a movie premier of Baywatch June 2017. The proceeds of the sold out screening went towards club projects. A charity screening of Viceroy’s House at Suncoast Cinecentre in July 2017, raised R40 000 for our beneficiary Child Welfare KZN
6. BABY ZETH
SI Durban helped transform the life of 5 year old Zeth and her mum Cynthia, picture above. Zeth was the victim of rape and sexual abuse at the hands of the very people that should have been caring for her. She was removed from relocated to a new school with supervised after care. The club took care of her stationary requirements and new uniforms.