The East Rand Protective Workshop (ERPW)
Protective Workshop for intellectually disabled adults
At the East Rand Protective Workshop, we see everyone as expressions of the Divine. Most of our beneficiaries have experienced rejection by family, friends and society, but not here: We strive to be the best in the world in providing unconditional love to all our beneficiaries; the drive of our economic income comes from fees, contract work, governmental subsidies, donations and sponsors; and we are passionate about our beneficiaries’ potential as manifestations of the Divine.
It is easy to identify with a blind or a deaf person: Just close your eyes and try walking through a strange place or shut your ears and try following a conversation. Now imagine yourself at your age, 36, 44, 50 or even 58, but with the intellectual abilities of a 4 or a five year old child. Your speech is limited and you talk about yourself in the third person. Imagine that your physical appearance and behaviour will inform people that you are intellectually disabled and shun you in public. Imagine throwing a tantrum in public as an adult. Imagine that you cannot read and write; or that you have little hand-eye coordination and that you have no sense of responsibility or accountability. You don’t know why you do certain things or think about the consequences. Imagine that you have no prospects of ever finding a job or own a car or a house or raise a family. Imagine that you cannot follow or participate in a rational discussion. Imagine that the only directions you understand are: DO THIS! DON’T DO THAT! Not that easy.
These are the people that come to the East Rand Protective Workshop to find unconditional love and to enjoy life with their friends that are on the same intellectual and emotional level.