People we’ve helped

Jennifer Visser, more affectionately known as Baba (Baby in Afrikaans)

Baba, with her husband and 2 daughters, lived in a shelter under a tree in the garden of the grounds belonging to the Commando Hall when WUCT took it over in 2002.  The Trust bought her, and 3 other families, newly built bungalows in Westlake Village.  When the girls reached 3 years of age and registered at Emmanuel Educare a problem became apparent; whilst the girls had their clinic cards, they had no IDs or birth certificates as Baba herself had never been issued with one herself.  Whilst at Emmanuel Educare they were able to remain on the books, but when the eldest reached primary school age and went to register at Thomas Wildschutt Primary in Retreat, the principal was unable to be so forgiving.  Anthea, who heads up the Advice Office, managed to negotiate with the Principal that Anoeska could attend school, but only if WUCT arranged for the birth certificate to be provided within her first year of schooling.  The race was on.  Baba needed to get her documentation or her children could not go to school.  Anthea spent hours with Baba understanding her background, how she had lost her parents, investigating her schooling, trying to find any family members willing to help out.  They did manage to find an aunt who could attest to Baba’s birth and parents details, but she unfortunately could not help out.  It was up to Anthea, at a cross-examination at Home Affairs, with 5 officials quizzing her, to convince them that Baba was who she said she was.  They then took Anthea out of the room and interviewed Baba to make sure their stories corroborated.  And they did.  It took a couple of months for the birth certificate to be issued, a momentous occasion, but just the start of the web of paperwork that was required.  The Trust helped Baba apply for her ID, and then the children’s birth certificates and their IDs.  They then helped her apply for the child grant that she had always been entitled to.  This was all done with the first year of Anoeska’s schooling, hence enabling her to continue, and her little sister, to follow in her footsteps.  An amazing achievement.

Carmen Robertson, ex resident Westlake Village, now employed as a Security Guard

Carmen was living in Westlake with her 3 children.  Whilst struggling with her own drug problem, she was also having to cope with an abusive relationship.  She turned to the Trust for help.  Her eldest daughter, Joe-Dean was taken in by Veronica, WUCT’s veritable Hero (click to link of her profile) whilst Carmen and her two youngest were whisked away to a safe house, Sisters’ Incorporated, in Kenilworth.  They gave her and her family shelter, but most importantly gave her back her self-respect so that she dealt with her drug problem, trained herself up as a security worker and secured employment.  She now lives in Lotus River, has a bungalow next to her mother’s, and is able to support her family.