Byline: Kelebogile Masemola

15 March 2022

Basadi Ba Moshito (BBM) foundation launched its 2022 women program on Monday, 14 March 2022 at Lyttelton Centurion.

The non-profit organisation, information agency and social support centre for women was established in April 2021 and currently caters to the needs of between 80-100 women per year.

The aim of the organisation is to be the link between women in need of psycho-social assistance and the service providers who are available to assist them.

It is also meant to empower women and girls who have been disadvantaged by unfavourable circumstances and also to administer a non-profit organisation differently.

Women and girls from all walks of life are offered Gender Based Violence (GBV) support, skills development programs, they receive career guidance, entrepreneurial programs; health care, mental health and counselling services.

Director: Community Liaison of Basadi Ba Moshito foundation, Charmaine Govender said the women unleashed skills development program is designed to empower women and youths who due to lack of resources have had limited or no access to the opportunity enabling them to earn an income to sustain themselves.

“The program is designed to facilitate free access to platforms of social and skills development, for deprived women and youth,” Ms Govender said.

The program’s main objective is to develop and empower women, who are enabled to be better economically, socially and mentally equipped members of society by developing their skills.

“We identify the natural skills and abilities of the women taking part in the program, enhancing and refining them into tools of their success.

“The program re-ignites passions and skills that have been dormant due to a lack of positive outlook, in response to their negative circumstances,” she said.

This year the program started in March and will be able to upskill and develop 60 women across both blocks.

“Through the program I’ve learned that my past makes me different and now I can take good care of myself and not depend on someone else.

“I am very grateful and thankful to the team of Basadi Ba Moshito as I know that when I have completed the program, I will be a changed and dynamic woman who will be independent and able to empower other women,” said Nothando Sono, a student at BBM foundation.

According to Charmaine, their skills development program is not funded.

“We are currently not funded by any organisation, most of our operational needs are covered from our own pockets.

“We need financial assistance from funders to help us carry out all our organisational objectives annually.

“We need assistance with donations of food and personal care items to be able to ensure all our beneficiaries receive hampers monthly, “said Ms Govender. BBM wishes to expand its programs into all the provinces of South Africa and have a support network that crosses continental boarders.

For more information on Basadi Ba Moshito, visit their Facebook page @Basadi Ba Moshito Foundation.