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The lesser known gift of the givers: a shoulder to cry on

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The lesser known gift of the givers: a shoulder to cry on

The Gift of the Givers care line, which provides counselling for a wide range of issues, gets about 120 calls a month

Senior reporter

In the late 1980s when people came to their home to either donate or ask for help, Gift of the Givers co-founder Zorah Bibi Sooliman realised another form of helpwas desperately needed — counselling.

Today the Gift of the Givers care line receives about 120 calls a month and deals with marital relationship issues, divorce, loss, grief, bereavement, substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma, unemployment and behavioural problems among children and adolescents.

“In the late 1980s and early 1990s we responded to several countries that were affected by disaster or war. We responded with humanitarian relief before the organisation was officially formed. It was run from our home. I was prompted to open the counselling services when people would come to speak to my husband or donate money to the projects and they’d come with their spouse and children.”..

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