MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre for Women

MOSAIC'S MISSION Mosaic is a non-profit organisation that enables abused youth and adults to heal and empower themselves in dealing with domestic violence, gender based violence and abuse. We work in partnership with government and other service providers in communities to deliver a range of prevention and support services. Mosaic's Vision is a Society Free of Domestic Violence. Our Mission is to heal and empower people, specifically women, against abuse and violence in their homes and communities and to contribute to the building of communities where people stand for their human and legal rights. Through its integrated and holistic services, Mosaic aims to: Promote a culture of non-negot...

MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre for Women
66 Ottery Road
Wynberg
Cape Town, Western Cape 7800
South Africa
27217617585
http://www.mosaic.org.za

Board of Directors

Mpumi Kubheka, Michael Bagraim, Quinton Damons, Mzanywa Ndibongo, Nazette Bost, Janine Myburgh, Nomalibongwe Mtshotshisa, Malcolm Roach, Christelle Cronje

Mission

MOSAIC'S MISSION Mosaic is a non-profit organisation that enables abused youth and adults to heal and empower themselves in dealing with domestic violence, gender based violence and abuse. We work in partnership with government and other service providers in communities to deliver a range of prevention and support services. Mosaic's Vision is a Society Free of Domestic Violence. Our Mission is to heal and empower people, specifically women, against abuse and violence in their homes and communities and to contribute to the building of communities where people stand for their human and legal rights. Through its integrated and holistic services, Mosaic aims to: Promote a culture of non-negotiable human rights and equality for all; To prevent and reduce domestic violence, specifically violence against women and female youth; Protect, heal and empower women and youth from abuse and violence in their homes and communities; To create an enabling environment for policy development and programme implementation in support of abused people.

Programs

MOSAIC was established in 1993 after extensive research had been done to determine the priority needs of victims of violence, particularly women and female youths. Activities began with training of "grassroots" women from within specifically targeted areas to be community workers and court workers in those same areas. MOSAIC is an organisation with a strong understanding of and expertise in the field of domestic and sexual violence. It is a community based, non-government organisation (NGO) with specific focus on preventing and reducing abuse and domestic violence, particularly for women and female youths living in disadvantaged communities. Through MOSAIC's services, members of the community are empowered with increased knowledge and understanding of their human and legal rights; what constitutes abuse; how to impose boundaries in situations in which they feel compromised; and where and how to access intervention in order to impose their rights. MOSAIC provides a safe environment where victims of abuse are guided and counselled through their traumatic experiences. Our COURT SUPPORT PROGRAMME facilitates access to justice for victims of Domestic Violence in partnership with Government and stakeholders. The Court Support programme assists close to 30 000 women applying for protection order applicants in Courts. MOSAIC Court Workers provides women with crisis counselling as well as assistance with the Court processes, referrals to shelters and medical facilities as well as education and awareness raising. This includes activities public presentations, participation in events, exhibitions. The presentations focus on Domestic and Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS and it is through such presentations that Domestic Violence victims often come to the realisation that they are being abused and what services are available to them. MOSAIC'S SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH services deliver clinical, counselling and educational services at to communities in the Western Cape Province. We provide STI, HCT, and termination of pregnancy services to abused and indigent women, and provision is made for male clients for STI and HCT. MOSAIC provides a comprehensive SRH Counselling service from a human rights and strengths-based perspective where Mosaic counsellors see clients, their environments and their current situations within the broader context, and determine opportunities for positive change. This implies that the counsellor focuses on helping the client to discover and explore their inherent strengths, and assisting the client to use those strengths to achieve their desired outcomes. The counselling process is participatory in nature, it focuses on the client as their own agent of change and the counsellor aids in the facilitation of this role. This approach honours the inherent capacity for transformation of all people. Clients received counselling before a termination of pregnancy at Mosaic clinics to ensure comprehensive preparation for the procedure. Through counselling, clients are empowered to: Explore the short and long term impact (social, emotional, psychological, financial) of an unwanted pregnancy on her, her family, her current lifestyle and future plans; Examine and express her own feelings, thoughts and opinions around termination of pregnancies; Evaluate and select an option that best suits her through TOP counselling, during which all options are clearly stated and explained; Make a decision on whether or not to include an HIV test. The risk of contracting a sexually transmitted illness through unprotected sex cannot be discounted and as a result of this, MOSAIC's clinic team embarked on more vigorous campaigns to not only educate and inform clients and communities about HIV/Aids, but also provide a testing service. Clients accessing clinic services are offered the opportunity to test. The referral process is one that is viewed as a positive aspect to the client who is in their second or third trimester, as many facilities will simply refuse to administer the procedure, despite the procedure being legal and available. MOSAIC's SRH clinic and its services is an institutional resource that offers a safe and legal alternative to women seeking to terminate an unwanted pregnancy within the first trimester (gestation period up to 12 weeks). Clients that access the Mosaic Clinic services outside of the first trimester are referred to institutions that are able to perform termination of pregnancy within the second trimester. Other clients have no option but to carry the pregnancy to full term, in these cases the counsellor and the client would explore options available to the client regarding the future of the child, which includes adoption. The MOSAIC TRAINING Programme provides high level expertise in gender and sexual based violence to stakeholders and organisations working in the fields of Domestic and Sexual Violence. This expertise is ploughed back into the communities by means providing training programmes for in-service training for the professional development of staff, the capacity building of service providers and the empowerment of beneficiaries. This involved an audit of content to be taught, expanding on existing or creating innovative materials, working with subject matter experts and selecting appropriate training providers where needed. MOSAIC plays an oversight role and managed the testing, implementation of training programmes, creating or selecting assessment tools, and evaluating effectiveness through monitoring instruments. MOSAIC's involvement in Working with Men in addressing gender-based violence is based on innovative and international ground-breaking work to develop materials and training courses for workshops for survivors, perpetrators and counsellors involved in male intervention programmes. MOSAIC places great emphasis on building the capacity of our service providers and partners to support the organisation in working towards its vision of a violence free society and continued to provide a highly successful contribution to the training activities of our external stakeholders and partners.

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