Wow offer women hope and dignity

Nomampondo Plaatjie

WOMEN of Worth (Wow), a Christian organisation based in Jeffreys Bay, was established to give hope and restore the dignity of women in the Kouga area.
The organisation was started by women who are members of Assemblies of God and began operating two years ago as a support group for women in the area.
Their first project was a very successful breakfast, as well as a women’s conference last year.
Their second project has been named “Women at Work”, with women recruited to render cleaning service around Jeffreys Bay.
Most of the recruits were domestic workers. The project was later registered as a cleaning company and enabled the women to earn extra cash.
They are busy drawing up a business plan to register as a non-profit organisation.
Wow is currently operating in Kouga and is planning to expand to surrounding towns.
 According to Wow leader Margaret Jantjies a soup kitchen will be started this month to serve the community in Jeffreys Bay.
“The soup will be served once a week,” Jantjies said.
The organisation is busy working on a sewing project as well as a support group for people infected and affected by HIV/Aids. Jantjies said the group has a trained HIV/Aids councillor.
To date they have not been able to secure any sponsorship. Jantjies said they were appealing for support and donations from the public. “At the moment we are using our own equipment,” she added.
Wow is also offering spiritual guidance and counselling to vulnerable women in the area.
“This will help them realise their worth,” Jantjies said.
 Upcoming projects include a women’s conference titled “Stepping into your Blessings” in celebration of Women’s Month, starting on August 1. The highlight will be the high tea on August 4. Tickets cost R60 per person.
For more info or to get involved with the project, call Jantjies at 073-363-0007 or e-mail: women.worth@hotmail.co.za

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