In SA, 9 August is Women’s Day and the month of August is National Women’s Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in the South African society.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said: “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you”

Women are in so many instances the core of their families. The person that will support, care, pray, sustain, mentor and fight for their family members.

The SAVF is a living example of the power and endurance of women. Against all odds, this organisation was established in a time of war, poverty, illnesses, and animosity, even amongst their own countrymen.

They had no manual or guideline of how to establish and develop an organisation that will bring hope in a time of despair. The only thing they had, was faith, a motivation, and a vision to start making a difference to people’s hardships. How ironic, that one of the first facilities that were built, was the home for unmarried mothers – women who could easily have been pushed away by society, but who were taken care of by these women.

The SAVF can hardly exist without the power and strength of women. We see them in our management structures, as personnel – professional, administrative and domestic staff, as the volunteers that are willing to do the work nobody else wants to do; and our women donors who know that to give is often more valuable than to have.

We are proud of and blessed by the number of women that the SAVF can bring hope to by means of social assistance, therapy, housing, protection, and development. They form part of the 274,420 individuals we render a service to.

This is the time for all women in the SAVF to embrace womanhood, to take the best from the past, to celebrate the women in our services and to continue to believe in the difference we can make in a country with many challenges and against all odds………….

We salute you!

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