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The Rea Thusana Home moves into Barnabas House

Article by Phinius Sebatsane

Phinius Sebatsane outside Barnabas House
Phinius Sebatsane outside Barnabas House

In the heart of the storm that was COVID-19, Rea Thusana emerged as a ray of light, extending its sheltering embrace to 10 unhoused women at the Church of Holy Spirit. These women, survivors of the dual battles against gender-based violence and homelessness, found solace and a fresh start within our haven. But that was just the beginning of a journey that resonates with resilience, partnership, and unwavering dedication.

Crafting Miracles through Collaboration:

At Rea Thusana, we’re not just an organization; we’re a force of change. Teaming up with Social Development and U-turn, we orchestrated a symphony of empowerment. Out of the 10 women, 7 were guided through a path of rehabilitation, skill elevation, and reintegration into society. Picture these brave souls not just surviving, but thriving in the embrace of dignified employment through the EPWP program.

A Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out:

Our philosophy transcends mere charity. We believe in nurturing the spirit of independence and self-sufficiency. We understand that true transformation is cultivated when a hand-up is extended, propelling individuals to rise on their own terms. This philosophy, this unwavering commitment, is the cornerstone of Rea Thusana’s approach.

A House of Dreams:

But here’s the raw truth: holistic change requires a solid foundation. And that foundation is a home. Rea Thusana Foundation has set its sights on a mission that resonates with purpose – to secure a 5-bedroom house, not just as a shelter, but as a sanctuary. This house isn’t just a building; it’s a haven for women who’ve battled gender-based violence, human trafficking, and the cold grip of homelessness. A space where shattered dreams can be pieced back together, and resilience can flourish.

The Search for a Sanctuary:

We’ve been on the hunt for a home – a place that echoes with promise and potential. A space where healing can transpire, skills can be honed, and futures can be rebuilt. This isn’t just about bricks and mortar; it’s about restoring hope and dignity to those who need it most. We move into Barnabas House at St John's Church in February 2024.

Join Us in Crafting Change:

The Rea Thusana Home project isn’t just a plea; it’s a rallying cry. It’s a call to action for those who believe that every individual deserves a second chance, a fresh start. It’s a challenge to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to contribute to the weaving of success stories that defy the odds. Imagine what we can achieve together – a home that nurtures, uplifts, and empowers. A home that isn’t confined to walls, but stretches beyond, touching lives, sparking change, and igniting hope. Join hands with us on this remarkable journey. Let’s make dreams come true, one brick, one story, and one life at a time. This is the Rea Thusana Home – a sanctuary of transformation that begins with you.

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