Freedom To Drive

We spent today interviewing women who are victims of domestic abuse. Their stories deeply affected me as they talked about their partner’s abuse and how the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development has helped them become stronger. One woman played down her own story of abuse, saying other women at the shelter had been through worse. Our group talked about it afterwards. We couldn’t believe her strength and compassion for others. Somehow, that woman managed to keep her struggles in perspective. We also spoke to the shelter’s housemother, who had been abused herself. She told us that before she arrived at Nisaa, she had never thought she would drive a car. She laughed, telling us how she now drives in the busy traffic of Johannesburg. 
–Claire Hoffert