We aim to build an institution with resources and capacity sufficient for accommodation, counselling, education and skills development of the victims/survivors, aimed at improving their lives.

Our Background

Sexual abuse in any form (rape, molestation, incest, human trafficking) injures the victim’s/survivor’s emotions, pride and relationships with others. These experiences harm the victims/survivors physically, psychologically and mentally, violating the innermost self, leaving them feeling untidy.

Many people do not regard it appropriate, and find it difficult to discuss sexual matters because they regard sexuality as private and personal subject which forces victims/survivors not to want to come forward for help because they feel too embarrassed to discuss their traumatic sexual experiences.

Irrespective of the age, gender, status and the nature of sexual abuse, the resulting trauma is often unbearable, if untreated the effects may last a lifetime. The fear of not being believed/trusted, ridiculed gossiped about and labelled further silences the victim/survivor. For many, pain is kept inside, in a desperate bid to keep their abuse hidden and private, which therefore generates further psychological tension.

ThyREST helpers assist victims/survivors to deal with their pain, thereby hastening the process of healing and recovery.

Meet the Founder

Nobesuthu Javu, widely known as Nobza, a Founder of Ekuphumleni Restoration Home aka Thy Rest in Seshego, Polokwane as a survivor of rape herself, she took a decision to convert her house to a safe home serving young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, who have been victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking and prostitution who want out.

A UNISA Alumni and a final year Psychology student.  She is a member of Limpopo Task Team on Trafficking In Persons, a provincial team member for Stop Trafficking Of People (STOP). Nobza is also affiliated with Coalition against Sexual Exploitation in South Africa.

Thy Rest accommodates eight (8) women, providing outpatient services to 186 women in prostitution within Polokwane. The main aim is to make awareness on the realities of human trafficking to schools and communities and to combat sexual exploitation and prostitution in our communities.

Nobesuthu “Nobza” Javu

Our Values

At Thy Rest we believe that the victim/survivor cannot walk the road to restoration alone. Our values are entrenched on being “THE HELPER”. We therefore commit and pledge to conduct ourselves accordingly and be rooted in the following NIV bible scriptures.


Trustworthy – we ensure that trust is the foundation of our two way relationship with the victim/survivor; Proverbs 12: 22.
Honesty – we maintain our integrity at all cost; Proverbs 22:21.
Empathy – we offer our services with compassion and care, putting ourselves in the victim/survivor shoes without being judgmental; Ephesians 4:2.

Hope – we are beacons of hope, encouraging the victim/survivor to see a better future than the present. Psalm 25:5.
Everlasting – our commitment to the calling is eternal, we are here to stay; Isaiah 51:11.
Love – we love through action; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
Prayer – continuous prayer is our lifestyle; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Endurance – we serve with patience and understanding. Hebrews 12:1-3
Respect – we treat each other with mutual respect. 1 Peter 2:17.

Our Vision

Restore of broken hearts (Isaiah 58:12)

Our Mission

To transform lives of women searching for closure, restoration, truth and wholeness.

Our Aim

  • To provide safe accommodation, counselling to the victims/survivors
  • To facilitate their reintegration into their families and communities.
  • To engage the victims/survivors in a process of identification of development needs and monitor their progress towards restoration.
  • To build an institution with resources and capacity sufficient for education and skills development for the victims/survivors.
  • To provide community service to young females regarding Personal & Career Development, Life Couching and Mentoring, Counselling, Development.
  • To support and where necessary initiate development projects aimed at improving their lives.

Our Services

At Thy Rest we offer services to both the victim and survivor as well as to the community.

To the Victim & Survivor

  • Interim accommodation
  • Counselling/ Therapy
  • Skills development
  • Reintegration

To the Community

  • Awareness programs to schools, communities on sexual abuse related issues.
  • Distribution of toiletries to women in need.
  • Participating on campaigns of other stakeholders similar programs.
  • Partnering with relevant government departments on facilitating awareness programs.
  • Feeding schemes & food parcels to needy communities.
  • Assisting matriculants with application to tertiary institutions and paying their application fees.
  • Providing matriculants with information on careers and bursaries.

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