About Us

The Ihata Shelter is on the Cape Flats of Cape Town. We mainly serve the local disadvantaged female community, where women are often poor, uneducated and sometimes illiterate.

Since inception in February 2006, the Shelter has successfully assisted, clothed, counselled, empowered and sheltered more than a thousand residents, and counselled countless outside clients seeking assistance with domestic abuse/violence situations.

We respect the courage, dignity and honour of our residents.

We provide:

  • A caring, clean and safe haven with sheltering from 24-hours to 6-months
  • Time and space to reflect on the future
  • A creche facility with a qualified ECD teacher
  • Three healthy home-cooked meals
  • Clean clothes, basic toiletries and bedding
  • Arts & Crafts classes (jewellery, card-making, sewing, quilting and more)
  • HIV/Aids and Gender-based violence education and prevention programmes
  • Occupational therapy and counselling sessions
  • Play therapy for the young children
  • Prayer facilities and daily spiritual upliftment
  • Referral to legal, medical and/or other professionals
  • Skills and upliftment workshops
  • A community/thrift shop
  • Healing Music, Laughter and Gardening therapy
  • Parenting and Life Skills
  • Employment opportunity assistance
  • Healthy organically grown vegetables
  • Kindness, care and support

Some Shelter Victim Comments

“The shelter workshops made me see I was an abuser, and showed me how to change”

“My parents abused me. Here I was taught to be strong and to say NO to abuse”

“The shelter workshops and counselling made me feel beautiful and strong again”

 “No marks will you see, but my heart’s scars will never heal from his words and actions.”

 “I’m grateful for everything at the Shelter”

 “I am respected here”

 “My mommy smiles now and I’m happy”