Nonceba Family Counselling Centre was founded in 1997 to respond to the problems of sexual abuse in the township of Khayelitsha, particularly the sexual abuse of children, which had risen to epidemic proportions due to the serious social problems affecting the township.
The township of Khayelitsha is situated just outside Cape Town and is the largest in the Western Cape with an estimated population of 1.5 million people. According to STATS SA, more than 50% of residents are unemployed and live in abject poverty. One out of every three children – boys and girls – will have been subjected to sexual abuse or rape by the time they are 18.
The organization’s aims to reduce the levels of child sexual abuse; to provide support to those who have been abused and their families and to promote the prevention of abuse through education.