Victims of domestic violence who seek care and counselling at Meri Seif Haus will now have access to increased comfort and safety, thanks to a newly refurbished safe house, renovated by Bank South Pacific (BSP).
Through the bank’s Community Projects Initiative, staff from BSP’s Operations Strategic Business Unit volunteered their spare time to assist Living Waters Four Square Church in giving a new lease of life to the Meri Seif Haus at Port Moresby’s, notorious Kaugere suburb, as well as Haus Ruth at Ela Beach.
The bank’s Head of International Operations Merolyn Samson officially handed over the renovated facility today.
“Domestic violence continues to be a problem in society today, and BSP understands the important role that Meri Seif Haus plays in assisting victims who need proper care, counselling, and the proper support,” said Ms Samson.
Over the last three months, BSP staff scrubbed and painted paint walls, helped the contractor construct a new patio and installed a new water tank. Security fencing was also erected on both sites and secure locks.
BSP also provided new furniture and white goods throughout Haus Ruth at Ela Beach.
Meri Seif Haus Kaugere Manager Pastor Mary Morah in receiving the completed Community Project thanked BSP for the timely support.
“This assistance by BSP in improving the facility will go a long way in the centres mission to assist women and children affected by domestic violence” said Pastor Morah.
“On average, we have three women accommodated here each month whilst they undergo trauma and gender based violence counselling. Spiritual counselling is also offered as a means to help these women get back on their feet”, she added.
“Thank you BSP for providing this more peaceful atmosphere – it will go a long way in providing a high level of care to those who seek refuge here”, she emphasised.
This project is just one of 37 community projects which BSP is undertaking this year in education, health, environment and sports.