Established 15 years ago, the Open Door has made a real difference to more than 65 000 devastated victims of crime, violence and hardship, helping them rise above their despair and rebuild their lives.
No one is ever turned away
Best known as experts in women and children’s issues, the Open Door turns no-one away, offering counselling and support to men, women and children who are victims of rape, domestic violence, incest and human trafficking.
They also help victims of grief and bereavement and offer trauma counselling for relationship problems, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Initially just Thora, working out of 2 tiny storerooms, 15 years later the Open Door Crisis Care Centre now operates from a 30 roomed house with two satellite centres and a staff of 20, including a full time social worker, a professional nurse, 3 auxiliary social workers, an HIV/AIDS Educator. There are also roughly 20 intern social workers, traumatologists and educationalists.
The Open Door is well-named, offering a 24 hour counselling service to victims of crime at any time of the day or night. Thora herself is frequently called upon by the police in the middle of the night, often several times a week, to assist and counsel traumatised victims of the most disturbing and violent crimes. That takes a particular kind of strength and courage. I’m in awe of Thora and her staff; I couldn’t do it. Most of us wouldn’t choose to.
But we can help
Thora has given me her wish list!
I challenge you to donate one item on this list.
Simply choose what suits your budget, then commit to your donation in the comments box below. This way, we can try to cover as much of this wish list without duplication – and you get to make a public commitment.
It’s a rather long list, so you’re sure to find something you can give.
The Open Door Wish List
- 2 vehicles (3 of their cars are between 10 and 12 years old, and the 4th was recently hijacked and written off)
- 4 computers (the exising computers are very old and need upgrading
- 1 microwave (to replace the broken one at the Open Door shelter Ikhaya Le Themba
- 2 printer/ scanners for the Ikhaya Le Themba Shelter and the Kwa Nuyswa Open Door Satellite
- 4 Air conditioners for the Open Door Counselling rooms
- 4 Fans
Security is vital at the Open Door, as Human Traffickers and violent partners often try to reclaim their victims
- TV security camera
- Panic buttons
- 2 Security gates
- Burglar guards
- Door bell with access control
Furniture and fittings
- 1 Carpet (stair runner: the existing carpet on the stairs is torn and dangerous)
- 2 small desks (1 for the training room, 1 for the Trauma Room at the KwaDabeka Police Station)
- 1 small lounge suite or individual chairs (to upgrade the Trauma Room at the KwaDabeka Police Station)
Training for community carers, home-based carers, and interns is an essential part of helping our communities
- Dark curtains for the training room
- Music Centre
- White board and markers
- Flip Chart
Play Therapy Room Equipment
These items are used in counselling children
- Dress-up Clothing
- Assorted games, including board games (but not puzzles)
- Books on child play
- 10 Safety jackets (For on-site trauma de-briefing)
- 10 High Density Torches
- 10 Zip Bags (for carrying gloves, folders and basic medical equipment)
Personal items needed on an on-going basis for clients in the shelter and outreach programmes for victims of abuse, human trafficking.
- Face cloths
- Body lotion
- Brushes and combs
- Cosmetics (Lipstick, nail polish, etc)
- 2 Hairdryers
- Good quality clothing and shoes
- Non-perishable food items
- Baby formula
- Disposable nappies in all sizes
- Baby clothing in good condition
Printing and stationery
- Photocopy paper (3 boxes a month)
- 100 blank CDs
- Computer ink cartridges: HP 122 XL;
Brother HL 5350 DN – TN 3290;
Lexmark 36 XL black;
Lexmark 37 XL colour
- Printing of Business cards
- Printing of Letterheads
- Printing of Posters
Don’t forget to commit to your donation in the Comments box
If you’d like to find out more about the Open Door, visit their website. The Open Door Crisis Care Centre is a registered Non-Profit Organisation, and donations are tax exempt. If you’d prefer to make a cash donation, the bank details are:
First National Bank, account no. 508 1112 7775
Branch Code: 221 626 (Crompton Street)
Collection of any donations can be arranged if necessary. Just leave a note in your comment (make sure you give your email address) and we’ll get back to you.
And please, share this with your networks. Let’s do our bit to help the Open Door do things we can’t.