MOSAIC Training Services and Healing Centre for Women was established in 1993 as non-governmental organization in response to violence against women, domestic violence, sexual violence and lack of access to sexual reproductive health rights services and rights education. MOSAIC is a community based, NGO with a specific focus on preventing and reducing abuse and domestic violence, particularly for women and girls living in disadvantaged communities. MOSAIC’s main objectives include increased availability and accessibility to high quality, integrated services for survivors of abuse and domestic violence.
MOSAIC started with its training in July 1995 with “grassroots” women who were mostly survivors of abuse and domestic violence from targeted areas. Most of whom remain Social Auxiliary Workers and Court Workers in those same areas while representing the vision and mission of MOSAIC. A year later a second group of women were trained as the need for services increased. In 2018, MOSAIC celebrated 25 years of empowering and healing survivors of abuse and violence. We continue to deliver a range of social support services and projects to survivors who are mainly women and girls. All support services are designed according to clients’ needs and by community leaders and forums, are culturally appropriate and easily accessible to clients. We also offer a male counselling and preventative programme which includes services to men and supports Men as Partners in the healing process.
MOSAIC is unique in that it was the first organisation in the Western Cape to start working with domestic violence complainants directly at the Courts in 1999. MOSAIC Court Workers were trained and work in 16 Domestic Violence Courts in the Cape Metropole and surrounding rural towns, in the Johannesburg and Pretoria Domestic Violence Courts and our Court support model is implemented in partnerships in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
MOSAIC is integrally involved in community affairs, and our networking relationships expand continuously. Our head office in Wynberg also houses a Skills Training kitchen and a Training Centre. MOSAIC has numerous outreach centres across the Western Cape. These include Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Site B, Harare, and Philippi. MOSAIC reaches more than 100,000 people each year through these offices.