If you are not part of a church, or faith-based network, or other socially oriented community, try to convince at least one more person to do this with you.
Doing it together will make it less intimidating. You will have support and someone with shared experiences. Many people in South Africa lead harsh and difficult lives. Facing the hardship of another person’s life can be an emotional experience. You will find that being able to debrief and reflect with someone else is invaluable.
You can take the formal route of calling one of the organisations mentioned above, briefly explaining what you’d like help with, getting a referral to the best person to talk to, and making an appointment to speak to him/her.
Below is the invitation for you to save to your computer and/or your phone. You can print it out and give to your contact to share with the mother (remember to write you contact details on the back) or, if her cellphone details are available, you can send it via WhatsApp/SMS (remember to provide your contact details beneath). Wait a day or so to hear from her, follow-up once or twice, and if she is not interested try again with someone else. If the mother you contact is interested, you are ready to move on to Step 3.