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Michelle Smith

Michelle  Smith

Charity: Jes Foord Foundation


Michelle Smith is a 26-year-old from KwaZulu-Natal. With the help of the 2013 Vodacom Change the World initiative, Michelle hopes to restore the lives of young girls after rape. She will be making this possible at the Jes Foord Foundation. Having herself faced adversity and living with a disability of her own, Michelle is confident that her counselling skills and commitment to helping those who have suffered trauma, will assist many who come to the Jes Foord Foundation for help.

My Project:

  • Women’s Day 2013: Honouring the strength of rape survivors
  • 17 Second Campaign 
  • As part of the 16 Days of Activism, they will be hosting two events
    - In partnership with Wentworth Victim Support Centre, the Jes Foord Foundation addressed grade 6 and 7 learners at Durban East Primary School in Wentworth
    - Together with the SAPS Point Police Station (Durban Central), the Foundation hosted a Rape Victim Empowerment Workshop for policemen and women, teachers of schools in the area and nursing staff from Addington Hospital
  • Community project: Marianridge Multi-Purpose Counselling Centre
    - To meet the needs of this very impoverished community, a counselling centre has been established that will provide different counselling services on different days
    - The types of counselling services to be provided include trauma counselling, child play therapy, drug and alcohol addiction counselling
  • Skype counselling

My Background:

  • From KwaZulu Natal
  • Graduated cum laude with a BA double honours in psychology and communication and a BA (Hons.) in psychology
  • Interned for six months at Open Door Crisis Centre as a trauma counsellor
  • Went into private practice after passing her board exam in 2012 with the Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • Has solid counselling experience, ranging from trauma debriefing to counselling those battling depression, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, rape and abuse
  • Was a member of the Durban Youth Council which was involved in a youth awareness AIDS campaign
  • Has chosen to dedicate a year to volunteer at the Jes Foord Foundation
  • Was drawn to the organisation by the fact that the Foundation is dedicated to restoring lives after rape and is the only NPO in KZN that focuses solely on rehabilitating lives affected by rape

More about Jes Foord Foundation:

  • The foundation aims to restore lives after rape by providing emergency trauma response and on-going trauma counselling services
  • The NPO’s founder and director, Jes Foord, was gang-raped but went on to overcome this vicious attack to devote her life to helping others who have also been victims of sexual abuse





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