But what is Sisters? And who do they care for? Simply put, 'Sisters' is a beacon of hope in a community ravaged by domestic violence and abuse. They provide care, lodging, counseling and skills to those who need it most - which includes every woman, teenager and child in crisis and in need of healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Sisters Incorporated was born back in 1959 when a group of women, each of whom cared very deeply about the plight of other women in trouble, got together to see how they could make a difference. Six decades later they continue to make a difference - helping many hundreds, if not thousands of women survive and thrive. But their own journey is one of survival too - due largely to the teams of caring, dedicated women that have and continue to make it happen.
As the current Manager of 'Sisters' at the old, but warm and welcoming house in Kenilworth, Delene Roberts has been described as a diamond. And the many facets she displays on a daily basis certainly makes her reputation glitter. While she has her own brand of leadership, she stands on the shoulders of a number of strong and caring managers before her - many of whom you can read about in the book.
You can read much, much more about the story of Sisters Incorporated in the book 'Survivors'. To find out how to get a copy, how to support or volunteer, check their website www.sisters.org.za, email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 797 4190.
Photographs: Theresa Smith Event co-ordination: Beryl Eichenberger both of Woman Zone