Cathy Salter Jansen, Curator of Simon’s Town Museum in the Scenic South Peninsula writes:

I came across The Handbag Project  which was founded by The Jes Foord Foundation. The handbags are filled with personal comfort items and given to rape survivors during the initial reporting process at police stations.

I feel very strongly about the issue of rape and would appreciate any donations of UNUSED OR GOOD, SECOND-HAND HANDBAGS that we can donate towards the project, from our Simon’s Town Museum family.

Please ask others you know to assist if they are able.

We are also appealing for the following items as suggested by the JF Foundation’s website:

Panties (S,M,L); face cloths; sanitary towels; soap (liquid/bar); body lotion (small); toothpaste; toothbrush; shampoo (small/decanted); deodorant; comb; tissues; chocolate; hair clips/bands; a small soft toy and a note – words of comfort/care.


Please drop the handbags with me, with a note giving your name, phone number and number of items donated. I will personally deliver the bags to the drop-off point.

Deadline for donations:  Thursday 27 August 2015



Tel 021 786 3046



PS: Thanks to your help the  donations sent to three animal charities in Nepal in honour of the 80th birthday of the great humanitarian HH the Dalai Lama, came to R18,000. This was done in cooperation with Exploring Consciousness and the Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse.