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Women in Need [WIN]

WOMEN in desperate circumstances and their children experience growth and development together through WIN and are empowered to take charge of their lives.

The specialised programme comprises two elements -- the WIN Playhouse, a crèche and nursery school in Salt River, Cape Town, and WIN Outreach, comprising a Drop-In Centre with professional social work and material services, including an outreach service to women and their families living on the streets or in makeshift housing on the periphery.

Around 30 children attend the WIN Playhouse, where they benefit from early childhood development programmes under the watchful eye of principal, Sharmiela [pictured above]. There is also an after-care programme for those children who are now in primary school elsewhere, but who still have access to the Playhouse, a place of safety for them. About 100 men and women come to the Drop In Centre every day for a nutritious meal, while our counselling and outreach programmes reach many more.

Through the Playhouse mothers are taught parenting skills as well as how to stimulate their children academically. Some of them are on the receiving end of CWD's integrated approach to development, where cross-pollination of its work areas takes place. For example, WIN clients are enrolled in the CWD Jobstart training programme in the move towards a more self-reliant lifestyle.

Clients also save R30 per month through the WIN Savings Project, which is paid out annually. Another positive spin-off has been the impact on the broader family, strengthening the family bond, in many cases the husband/father playing a more positive role in family life. 

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Homeless women form a knitting circle, gaining skills that can set them on the path to a new future off the streets.

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... to this – the WIN Playhouse is a safe and happy place for children.

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