The Pink Haus Project
The Pink Haus Project is aimed at helping local people who are unemployed to earn an income and to help them improve their lives. Over the years I have worked with homeless and unemployed people and abused women. In Johannesburg my husband and I worked with a home for men who lived on the streets - its aim was to help them regain their dignity and become employed and integrated back into society. In East London I worked with street children and in Pretoria with unemployed and abused women. My vision in Great Brak is to start a project where I can teach women skills and help to give them a sense of self worth. The first lady in this project is Viola.
Viola lives on a farm nearby the Pinkhaus. She and her husband moved here from Zimbabwe as it was impossible to live there under the present regime. Her husband works hard all day and Viola stays at home with their three children. She is quite isolated where she lives so is lonely. On top of that she discovered that her two youngest children are deaf and her son, Liberty has been sent away to the school for the deaf in Worcester. In Zimbabwe she was a seamstress so I gave her some fabric and asked her to make me a bag. She did, and it's lovely so now she is making more with fabric I have given her and we will try to sell them at the local market. I plan on teaching her new techniques so that she can diversify.