The Bloemfontein branch of Families South Africa (Famsa) recently hosted a Christmas holiday project to celebrate the holidays with families, while at the same time inspiring and empowering them.
According to Nombulelo Nokoane, a social worker at Famsa, the families who were catered for are single parent families, with the focus on single mothers. “These mothers are from various locations within the Bloemspruit area. Due to the high number of domestic violence cases in that area, the mothers who were beneficiaries, were those who have not only been mothering alone but have been through rejection, loss and have even been victims of domestic violence and their children secondary victims,” she said.
A social worker, Khumo Mosala, also presented a wellness talk with the theme “Mirror and Image”, while a Mrs Universe finalist, Uyleta Nel-Marais, delivered a message on believing in oneself despite the odds.
Various activities were held for the families to bond, and to give meaning and understanding to who they are. “The mothers, together with their children, built gingerbread houses and every element of the gingerbread house represented a strength that is needed for families to lead healthy, functioning relationships,” said Nokoane.