S-Cape

S-Cape, founded in 2010, is a faith-based, non-profit organization located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. We are a diverse group composed of both staff and volunteers from different continents, cultures, and backgrounds on a common mission to bring restoration to victims of human trafficking.

From 2008–2010, S-Cape Founder Miryam Cherpillod, co-directed JusticeACTs in vigorously rolling out a trafficking prevention campaign across South Africa, impacting tens of thousands of people. Through the prevention program, many unassisted victims of human trafficking were discovered. It had always been in Miryam’s heart to assist and empower victims rescued out of human trafficking, but the question at that time was, “How?”

During this time, Miryam began working with a group of trafficked prostitutes who were wanting to leave their Pimps and Traffickers. However, there did not seem to be a suitable home or shelter to assist these women in their rehabilitation process. The same problem arose when JusticeACTs came across other victims of human trafficking during their prevention and awareness work. Miryam, along with JusticeACTs, found it nearly impossible to find suitable shelters or safe-houses with beds available and the expertise to deal with the complex physical, psychological, social, economic and spiritual needs of rescued victims of human trafficking.

Upon further investigation, JusticeACTs, together with government, law enforcement and other NGOs, realized that there was no safe house specifically providing safety and rehabilitative services to victims of human trafficking in the Western Cape. At a national level, there was almost no services available for victims of human trafficking.

By this time, the groundwork for S-Cape was well underway. Miryam had developed a strong network of professionals and volunteers, recruited and equipped a team, and had begun raising funds. By January 2011, Miryam was able to secure a facility and by March they opened its doors to welcome S-Cape’s first residents. In January 2013, S-Cape was offered a small building on a big plot from the municipality and moved. Since that time, the safe-house has often been at full capacity.

In 2015, S-Cape started the process of building an extension for 4 extra bedrooms. Since the completion of the extension project, S-Cape has not only increased its intake capacity but has also managed to create space for a 2nd stage program. To this day S-Cape is providing 1st and 2nd stage restoration services for women and children rescued from Human Trafficking.

Our Vision
Seeing victims of Human Trafficking free and safe from exploitation, healed and restored, empowered with life skills, and returning to a normal and sustainable life.

Mission
To offer a safe place which specializes in restoring women and children rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation. By providing shelter and food, health care, skills development, discipleship, counselling, legal and migration assistance and future orientation.

  • To work towards the reintegration of children with their own families or caring families in the community.
  • To provide support to abused women and their children irrespective of race, religion or colour.

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