Diepsloot Victim Lifeline

Green Door shelter is a registered non-profit organisation that offers temporary shelter, emotional support, and counsel to survivors of rape and gender-based violence in the Diepsloot community.

Diepsloot Victim Lifeline

Green Door shelter is a registered non-profit organisation that offers temporary shelter, emotional support, and counsel to survivors of rape and gender-based violence in the Diepsloot community.

Support the fight against Gender Based Violence

Our Mission

To create and facilitate an environment that provides holistic support to vulnerable individuals through a centre that provides accommodation, medical treatment, trauma counselling, legal advice and personal empowerment and development through skills development programmes.

Our Vision

To break the cycle of violence by empowering women with knowledge on their rights, and the skills to lessen dependency on their abusers. This also involves educating men and the youth on gender justice – what it means, and how to prevent it.

The ‘Hero’ Of Dieplsoot

Brown Lekekela set up Green Door shelter in his backyard to give a place of safety, counselling and referral to victims of GBV in Diepsloot. He runs the shelter single-handedly and has dedicated his life to supporting and achieving justice for survivors of GBV.

“Violence is a learnt behaviour and we believe it can be unlearnt.” – Brown Lekekela

News & Awards

The work that Brown Lekekela does through the shelter has been highlighted in various publications. He has also received recognition for this service in the community.

2020

Giraffe Hero of the Month

Brown Lekekela awarded ‘Hero of the Month’ in November for his volunteer work and human rights activism. Read more

Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans

Brown Lekekela announced as one of Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans in the category of Civil Society. Read more

2017

LeadSA Hero of the Month

Brown Lekekela awarded LeadSA Hero of the Month for January in 2017. Read more:

Latest News

Green Door Shelter hopes for a better year in 2021

The founder of Green Door Women’s Shelter in Diepsloot, Brown Lekekela said this year was the most challenging and difficult year for the organisation which provides a safe shelter and support for victims of rape, domestic violence or sexual abuse in the area. Read more

Sheltering the victims of SA’s second pandemic’

It was really challenging as many of the long-term shelters were closed and I had no more space to house these GBV victims, so all I could do was encourage the women to open a case against their abuser at the police station. – Brown Lekekela, Green Door shelter
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