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“Angels” to host SaveOurChildren silent protest march

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The 3 Angels Restoration Centre, said the purpose of the silent protest was to raise awareness regarding the many ills that children are faced with at the hands of their perpetrators.

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THE 3 Angels Restoration Centre, a programme focusing on young girls that was launched earlier this year by the Angel Sisterhood Academy, will be hosting a SaveOurChildren silent protest march on Heritage Day, 24 September 2020.

Spokesperson for the Angel Sisterhood Academy, Britney van Wyk, said on Monday that the purpose of the silent protest was to raise awareness regarding the many ills that children are faced with at the hands of their perpetrators, who often are child caretakers, parents, neighbours or even family members.

‘’Our organisation wants to pledge its support by adding its voice against the scourge of child rape, murders, child trafficking, child labour and child abuse. This will be an ongoing campaign and will be intensified through the use of social media and awareness programmes.”

Van Wyk encouraged all protestors to join the march and to dress in black as a symbol of mourning about what is currently happening in local communities.

The procession will meet opposite Burger King/Caltex Garage at 3pm on Thursday. Participants are urged to carry a poster expressing their outrage and concern at the onslaught on children.

The group will walk to the SAP provincial offices in George Street where a submission will be handed over, highlighting particularly problems experienced among children in the Northern Cape, such as child neglect and the shortage of social workers in the province.

The 3 Angels Restoration Centre, a NPO based in Kimberley, was launched by the Angel Sisterhood Academy, as a girls’ empowerment and leadership programme, in response to the current surge of gender-based violence and femicide.

According to Van Wyk, the aim is to focus on the presentation of GBV awareness programmes and community-driven projects to enable and nurture girls. “One such initiative is to create awareness about the global SaveOurChildren movement, by creating awareness regarding issues like child trafficking, all forms of child abuse, and children’s rights violations, as well highlight child rape, child murders, child trafficking, child kidnaping and child neglect in the Northern Cape.”

The 3 Angels Restoration Centre, under the banner of Angel Sisterhood Academy, will also offer programmes for young girls in the Frances Baard municipal area, as well as present a series of empowerment programmes aimed at preparing girls to meet the challenges of adolescence, young adulthood and womanhood through a coordinated, series of interactive, fun yet learning activities and experiences that will help them to achieve social, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

“Our organisation is passionate about the development of girls by presenting programmes aimed at building their self-esteem and confidence.”

Van Wyk explained that the Angel Sisterhood Academy was launched about five years ago and the 3 Angels Restoration Centre was one of its latest projects. “The NPO has a number of other projects focusing on, for example, HIV and the development of women. The 3 Angels project was launched earlier this year with the focus specifically on teenage girls. “There are currently around 15 young girls involved in the programme and we hope to extend that to 50 by the end of the year,” she said.