Project | Grace Girls
Grace Girls is a group of volunteers who assist ladies working on the streets. An unemployment rate of 27% in South Africa, which equates to 6 million people who do not have work, is forcing these ladies into the sex industry.
Grace Girls is a support group for women currently working in or who have left the sex industry. The Mission is to bring the lonely and broken into a community of friendship and support, where they can learn that they are loved, valued and purposed. The aim is to reach, restore and equip ladies, providing friendship, support and access to avenues that they can utilize, in pursuit of a healthy, fulfilling life.
The team meet these ladies where they are and use gifts (cupcakes, beauty products, journals, etc.) as tools to show the women that they are loved. The team sources sponsorships in order to host beautiful dinner parties, pamper days, dream events, etc. for the purpose of bringing ladies into a loving community. Grace Girls brings hope to often hopeless circumstances of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, focusing on serving and supporting each woman where the need is seen. The team journeys with the women on a long-term basis, knowing that each girl has her own story to tell. Grace Girls (previously Cherished Pretoria) has helped ladies that were tricked into the industry, to get back on their feet, through starting pop-up clothing shops in their township and encouraging entrepreneurship. The ladies are also encouraged to further their studies. The team has supported women who have gone through physical abuse such as rape and assault, and they have also supported pregnant mothers working in the industry.