In an interview with WiA founder, Universal News asked about the significance of the new project "Save a Tamar".
The Bible records in 2 Samuel 13:1-21, that Tamar was one of David's daughters who was abused by her own brother, Amnon. There are many Tamars in South Africa today - women who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused.
UN: What is your vision as WiA?
MP: To interact with our community and to empathise with their needs and daily struggles. We want to five back to the communities where our husbands work.
UN: What is the motive behind the "Save a Tamar campaign"?
MP: To focus on the subject in such a way that each one of us feels the responsibility to reach out to anyone, anywhere who has been directly or indirectly affected by abuse from any source.
UN: How do you plan on finding the Tamars of today?
MP: We will raise awareness of abuse at different levels and call upon women to stand up and not accept it as a natural course of life. We will motivate males to be role models for youngsters in their neighbourhood, and spread awareness of PSP to prevent HIV after rape cases.
UN: How have the women from WiA prepared themselves in work with the Tamars of today?
MP: This goes back to our daily experience in the church of counselling and praying. Only spiritual strength can really free a victim of the ghosts of the past.
UN: The project will run for four months. What will happen to the Tamars when the project comes to an end?
MP: We hope to achieve a greater level of awareness and prevention and to deliver the message that any Tamar may count on our support to claim her life back.
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