It is a tragic fact that rape and sexual abuse are commonplace in South Africa where girls have to deal with dangerous and violent conditions on an everyday basis. I Protect Me is a response to this situation.

Acting on individual initiative prompted by the clear needs that she could see around her, project founder Monica Clarke started this project along with a management team in Capetown. In response to the dangerous conditions prevalent in South Africa, I Protect Me has trained a cadre of trainers to teach girls in a school setting to protect themselves with self defence techniques, and to value themselves.​

For nearly a decade, SDB has worked with other national organisations across the Susila Dharma network to fund this unique project. Susila Dharma’s support has encouraged IPM to expand the project to secondary schools and funded the costs of training and transport to enable project workers to continue community-based outreach during the COVID pandemic. Most recently we have also funded an independent evaluation of the impact of IPM's work. With the IPM team now attracting the interest of the South African Social Welfare and Education Departments, we feel proud to have helped support this valuable project to this point of maturity.