Hello I’m Mamsie, married with three boys (16 years, 7 years and new baby Sam) and I’m a Phakamisa Caregiver Monitor. I started at Phakamisa as a Caregiver leader, then in 2010 I became a part-time monitor working two days a week before becoming full time two years ago. I love being with the gogo’s visiting them in their communities and groups to help them develop and share skills. I love that I can help and support the caregivers as they share their problems. In turn I love the Caregiver Trainers from whom I have learnt so much – skills, emotional, faith.
My name is Thabisile, and my role at Phakamisa is as an ECD (Early Childhood Development) Monitor. I have three children, my first son who is now at university with the second two still at school. I have recently graduated with a teaching degree from UNISA (University of South Africa), with my graduation day a special celebration.
Responsible for Group 3, I have 30 students who I monitor and encourage. I enjoy being at Phakamisa, especially connecting with people. In working with students and other teachers I pick up different ideas which I use in my work. At Phakamisa we pray and surround each other and our day in prayer – it’s an important part of our learning.
Sewing & Economic Empowerment Trainer
I’m Alexia and starting in 2000 one of the longest serving members of Phakamisa’s staff. I originally began Phakamisa life as an educare learner – as I had a creche. But soon after coming to learn I began work as an Educare Monitor. When Glenda (Glenda Howieson, whose vision Phakamisa was over 20 years ago) started the Caregiver Programme, I moved to help set up this programme by working as a monitor. It wasn’t much longer that I then became a trainer beginning with sewing, but also adding home based care and parenting skills. I currently teach sewing at both basic and advanced levels together with Economic Empowerment classes in cooking and decorating.
I love working with and am close to my colleagues – we support and help one another. Together we try to find ways to help develop the programme.
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