Lerato means ‘love’ in Sotho. And love really is at the core of the Lerato House's approach.
The Lerato House, established in 1997 in response to the growing incidences of young girls in prostitution on the streets was the first programme to focus on young girls at risk in the Tshwane (Pretoria) area, with the purpose of creating spaces of dignified care and love where vulnerable young girls can experience wholeness and flourish in a healthy community-based residential programme. The Lerato House offers holistic empowerment & re-integration to young girls between 9 and 25 years old, including girls who were abused, affected by prostitution and who are victims of human trafficking. The Lerato House's services include residential care, a drop-in centre, and outreach in the inner city of Pretoria.
Most of the girls residing in the Lerato House are schoolgoing and we focus on education and creating sustainable platforms on which the Lerato House girls might build their futures - for this we are in need of a reliable, safe and large enough vehicle to transport residents to their different schools, classes and other activities.