TEARS Foundation - Help at your fingertips

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Company: TEARS Foundation, Sandton, South Africa
Company Description: TEARS Foundation provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit– 10 or Less Employees

Nomination Title: Help at your fingertips

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

TEARS Foundation provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge

TEARS Foundation launched the “Help-at-your-fingertips” helpline in July 2013. Funding constraints prohibited formal marketing campaigns. This helpline for victims of rape or abuse is a mobile phone portal linked to a database of service providers which provides information via a cell phone using simple prompt based technology which tracks the location of the caller within 45 seconds and sends back details of the nearest care facility to support victims. A free service line was introduced in August 2014 *134*7355#. Since July 2015, over 16 000 calls were recorded on this helpline.

LifeBoard is an innovative African first. It is an interactive, educational board game that provides a fun and safe environment to teach learners about rape and abuse. South Africa is overwhelmed by atrocious statistics regarding Gender Based Violence (GBV), LifeBoard is a proactive approach to an ongoing crisis. By empowering youth through education, and changing the attitudes of today, LifeBoard seeks to shape the behaviour of tomorrow. In a country where people have human rights, it is unacceptable to have incidences of GBV – this is the message that is emphasized by LifeBoard. This project is supported by the DBE, SAPS, DSD and DOH. We've reached 6 schools in the past 12 months.

Medi-App: Using the Cloud we developed Medi-App to assist Clinicians in identifying and tracking cases of GBV (Gender-Based Violence) incidences in South Africa: developing a valuable research instrument to raise awareness and foster collaboration among stakeholders.

Results of the Pilot Trial for children under 12: During September 2015 to November 2015 in which 4 Medical Facilities participated in Ekurhuleni; 6 Medical Professionals participated; 156 Children's names were entered into the Medi-App (concern abuse, confirmed abuse, or level of suspicion identified by clinicians based on their experience.) 26 boys, 130 girls. We received full ethics clearance from the Ethics clearance Committee within the guidelines of the children’s act. The figures are just the beginning. The aim of Medi-App is to assist clinicians to identify possible cases of abuse, and to assist clinicians in building better cases for prosecutions, thus enabling them to give hard evidence of abuse.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Mara Glennie ((MBP)(CL), founder of TEARS Foundation (NPO/PBP), has been a member of IoDSA since 1996 and has in the past and served on the sustainability committee. She is a champion of women in business and is a passionate campaigner against GBV embarking on programmes aimed at the reduction of abuse in South Africa. Mara’s inspires, motivate and connects with many people which has opened many doors for women. She is a founder member of BWA.

Violence against women and their children is a profound problem and addressing it is one of the greatest challenges for South Africa. It is of such magnitude that it can be linked in a number of ways to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that South Africa faced in the early 2000s.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.