Teacher. Cook. Housekeeper. Caregiver. Protector. Defender. Provider. There are many roles which a single mother juggles, and balancing all these can be quite overwhelming and stressful. The Single Mums Initiative acknowledges that while all mothers are at full capacity with responsibilities, single mums often bear the demands of motherhood alone.
The SMI network was started to support and empower single mothers and provides them with financial, physical and mental assistance. Their first networking and fundraising event took place during December 2018 in Azaadville, Johannesburg, with another in April 2019. Fun-day activities entertained children with cake decorating, rock painting, tin bowling, etc., and the proceeds from tickets sold were banked into the organisation’s charitable fund.
The welfare organisation also sponsors monthly hampers worth R500 to struggling mums. Regardless of race or religion, all single mothers are welcome to become a part of this caring and supportive circle of women.
Joining the Single Mums Initiative holds many benefits, including:
A support system. One of the most important benefits of joining support groups for single parents is that they provide mothers with a support system. This will make single mums feel less alone when caring for their kids. Many single parents suffer from emotional and mental stress because they think they’re alone on their parenthood journey. With support groups, single mums can gain more friends who understand and sympathise with their situation.
Independence and self-empowerment. SMI aims to empower mums by allowing them to become independent. The organisation intends on providing small business opportunities to mothers as part of their long-term goal.
Raising awareness. SMI wants to raise awareness of the struggles that single mums are faced with, especially since they are often discriminated against within society and looked down upon. The group would like to elevate the status of single mothers by showering them with appreciation.
Aiding with basic needs. The organisation offers monthly hampers to single mums until they’re able to provide for themselves. This helps to reduce the financial stress of not having basic needs available for their children.
Benefits for the children. Children from single-parent homes are impacted emotionally and psychologically. SMI’s goal is to provide childcare opportunities, as well as psychological help for kids of single mothers.
Once a month, an amazing occupational therapist from the Single Mums Initiative holds a support group session for all members. The objectives of these meetings cover:
- Building self-esteem, reducing self-blame.
- Dealing with sadness, depression, feelings of loss and feeling stuck.
- Mind limitations
- Dealing with problems and problem solving
- financial stressors and work
- Dealing with stigma, society and feelings of being an outcast.
- Use of free time
- Family and friends
SMI hopes to act as a medium for single mums and direct them to the help they require. They are currently working on establishing a network for this purpose. Some needs include legal advice, home rental, maintenance, childcare and transportation.
Charity isn’t always found in material things. The Single Mums Initiative has extended a hand of warmth, compassion, belonging and most importantly, moral support to single mothers; commending their strength and building up their confidence.
For more information, please contact Nazeefa Sibda on 0842205958 or email email@example.com