The ladies who call The Domino Foundation’s Red Light programme’s safe house ‘home’ are human-trafficking survivors who have had little luxury and comfort in their lives. The house is called “Othandweni” meaning ”Place of Love” and unconditional love is a key element in the residents’ journey into wholeness. The world they lived in before were usually marked by ugliness, violence and a general absence of comfort. The generous donation by City Lodge of fluffy towels and other household linen was greeted with huge appreciation. Domino’s justice Co-ordinator, Natal, commented: “We are very focused on restoring the ladies to a place where they know they have intrinsic value as human beings and not as objects to be bought and sold. City Lodge’s donation of quality linen tells them they are special.”
Johna Pillay, Duty Manager at City Lodge, uMhlanga, added: “We have partnered with Domino over the years and have seen the impact they have on the lives of so many marginalised people in our communities. The human-trafficking survivors are possibly among the most marginalised of all, coming from a world of shadows. We hope our donation will tell them we care.”
“Othandweni” is sharing the gift with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Regional Hospital, Eastern Cape. Natalie explained: “Each time we are blessed with a donation by City Lodge, we use our networking to see who else is in need of linen
For those interested in finding out how they can be part of “Othandweni’s” residents path to restoration can contact Natalie at email@example.com.
Caption: Mbali, a house mum at Red Light’s safe house, packing City Lodge’s donation of towels into the linen cupboard.