While parliament tabled a draft bill on domestic violence against women and children last Friday morning, G4S, a security and safety solutions leading service provider, as part of their corporate social responsibility, donated and installed two sets of state of the art alarm hardware at The Haven Trust, a non-profit making organisation that shelters victims of abuse and trauma in Kgatleng.
The handing over ceremony was held at The Haven Trust’s Gaborone drop-in-centre, where various counselling programs are offered and support for people faced with domestic violence and life threatening situations can be aided.
Michael Kampani, Acting Manager at G4S, said, “Our role is to compliment the government’s effort in ensuring security.
“It is because we share in the objective of the Haven Trust that we embark on a relationship with them to protect the lives of and give hope to those in our surroundings who have fallen victim to abuse.
“We trust that our services to the Haven Trust will improve the security they offer to the men, women and children who turn to them for help.”
Kampani also added that the lives of those that lack the basic need of safety and security should be everyone’s business.
A representative of The Haven Trust, Ntsikie Kote, remarked that the handing over of G4S alarm system marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women and Children, adding, “Between January and May 2006, 54 murders of Batswana women and children were committed in the name of ‘passion’”.
“The Haven was founded in direct response to the seemingly unchecked loss, and as preservation of our already small population.”
Not only does the Haven shelter victims of abuse and trauma, they also employ a gender neutral approach towards social ills, and whose end result will be an emotionally intelligent breed of young people.
Said Kote, “Research tells us that about 41 percent of break-ins occur at night, someone experiencing a break-in not only stands to lose their belongings but over 30 percent of assaults and 3 out of 5 rapes are committed by burglars.”
She concluded by saying this act of kindness befitting an organization in the business of providing security service is highly appreciated by the Haven Trust.