Businesswoman to revive Verulam SAPS crisis centre

Verulam woman, Charlene Chetty who will be reviving the Verulam SAPS crisis centre in efforts to help abused women and neglected children.

Saddened by the scourge of women abuse and children neglected in her community, Verulam woman, Charlene Chetty has taken it upon herself to stand up and help these victims.

By working with relevant stakeholders, the 36-year-old Benoni-born said she will revive the Verulam Police Station and start bringing relief to victims who have no one to turn to.

“Ever since I settled in Verulam, my vision has been to create an awareness centre for women in the community, create awareness for women who have experienced or are experiencing different forms of abuse,” said Chetty.

She said being a businesswoman and working with a wide range of women in the community, she looked deep into herself as to how she can contribute positively the society.

Verulam SAPS members have co-accepted onto her dream to form part of her NGO and SAPS have given her the go ahead to utilise two containers which will both be used for counselling.

Chetty is currently waiting for the finalisation of her NGO, which she initially named Women of Courage, but was turned down because of the popularity of the name.

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With the help of retired nurses and professional social workers, the mother of two said she will not only be focusing on abuse but also on child neglect and addressing issues like rape

Chetty has already met with relevant stakeholders at the Reaction unit boardroom and prior to all the inputs that were deliberated at this meeting, she secured sponsorship to revamp the crisis centre in SAPS. “My NGO together with the Verulam SAPS will form a partnership to render a quality of service to the community,” she said.

Her next meeting will take place on July 20, which will be held to brief all stakeholders on the progress of the crisis centre. On July 18, Chetty said together with her board members and Verulam SAPS, are planning a massive Mandela Day programme and August 26 will see the official opening of the revived Verulam SAPS crisis centre.

“To all the women, men, teenagers and children,  stay positive and remember one of substance has the courage to overcome tough times in their lives and to pursue their goals because they stand up for what they believe in and never gives up on their values and virtues. As a new NGO, we will try and help you the best we can,” said Chetty.

Article: Mbali Khubisa 

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