We need your help to create a haven for S-CAPE

We need your help to create a haven for S-CAPE


Did you know that there are approximately 27 million people who are trapped in slavery at this very moment? Did you also know that only 1-2% percent of these 27 million victims are ever rescued?

Earlier this year I met with the inspiring Brooke from S-CAPE, a local non-profit who works with these 1-2% of rescued victims to provide a place of safety and restoration for young women coming out of trafficking and sexual exploitation. S-CAPE also provides individualised therapeutic programs, skills development and services to empower and equip their residents to reintegrate into society. They currently have two safe houses in the Cape Town region. One house operates as a first stage home for residents with the capacity to have eight ladies living there including a room for a mother and her child. The second house is a transitional one which the ladies have the opportunity to move into and be more independent as they prepare to move out of the safe house and live on their own.

This second home desperately needs a makeover, the colours are an eye-sore and all the furniture is mismatched. They would love to reinvent this space and make it an inviting, calming and inspiring space for these women.

I’d like to see the walls painted in soft greys and whites. We definitely need everything to be lighter and fresher. Pops of colour can be brought in with accessories and plenty of plants are a must to bring in some nature.

So this is where you come in! We are looking for generous people like you to help. We are looking for new or gently used household items to improve the house. If you own a shop or have friends who do, please ask them to get in touch. You can also make a monetary donation towards specific items. 

I’ve shared a few photos of the home below to give you an idea of what is needed. Feel free to leave a comment on my blog and let us know how you’d like to help or please get in touch directly with Brooke at [email protected]

Entry & Passage

This is the entry to the house. It doesn’t look too bad but a runner and a welcome mat would be great.

– runner
– welcome mat
– new pendant lamps or shades optional

Living Room

The living room desperately needs a new TV cabinet and curtains. Some prints for the wall would be great and some plants.

– Scatters 
– Coffee table optional / or current coffee table can be repainted
– TV cabinet
– Art 
– Curtains

The living room opens into a small reading area. Here we could do with some matching floating shelves and a comfy reading chair as well as side table. 

– floating shelves
– armchair
– side table
– table lamp
– pin board

Reading area

Counselling Room

– new bedding
– table lamp
– curtains
– storage baskets of various sizes
– prints and art
– bedside table
– 2 matching chairs
– table cloth
– ceiling lamp
– rug


– 4 matching dining chairs
– table cloth (rectangular)
– curtains
– wall decor
– pot holders
– matching set of glasses, plates, bowls, mugs
– coffee/sugar/tea canisters
– baskets or food storage containers
– floating shelf
– fruit basket


This purple and black has got to go!

– 3 x bedding sets in light, fresh colours 
– new pillow inners
– scatters
– Throws optional
– 2 matching bedside tables in natural wood or white
– curtains
– celling lamp
– 2 bedside lamps
– wall decor
– rug
– mirror


– wall decor
– bath mat
– curtain

  1. Julie

    12 July

    I will gladly help with paint colours and arranging furniture etc. Maybe a modboard for the different rooms to inspire everyone?

  2. Abi

    12 July

    YES I can help! Im an interior designer and have a lot of cotton fabric that can be made into curtains, i also have some scatter covers and some lampshades – [email protected]

  3. Carol

    12 July

    I have some white-grey twill print fabrics for cushions or table clothes ..and am happy to supply some paint when you have decided on the colours

  4. Clelia Louw

    14 July

    I have a light fitting for you but I am in Johannesburg.

    • Lana

      18 July

      Thanks so much for the offer Clelia. Would be tricky to get it delivered from Joburg though. Will let you know if we need it. Thanks!

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