My name is Zola. I heard about Phakamisa and joined a caregiver group in 2004, becoming a Caregiver monitor by that November. My area is north of Durban including the communities of KwaMashu, Inanda, Lindelani and Tongaat. I had to do 9 visits per month and attend 2 days workshops at Phakamisa. Before this I was employed by FSA Human Consultants from 1986 but was made redundant when they merged with another company in 2003.
A year after becoming a monitor I was sent on a number of training courses that included:
1.Permaculture at Newlands East – where we learnt to grow vegetables using no chemicals.
2. Attended a course on GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and their threat to our environment and nation.
3. Worm Course at the Botanical gardens in Durban and at Inanda Newtown Meth Church a course on double digging and the making of compost.
4. A St John’s Ambulance course on Home Base Care.
5. My further training included attending courses on building a chicken tractor and chicken farming and the relationship between chickens and vegetable planting.
A catering workshop.
Adult Literacy – trained as a trainer to train adults in literacy.
NCS Resin – learning about the use of fibre glass and resin to make gutters, roofing sheets and tanks.
At present I am employed as a trainer to train people to cook and bake. The groups I teach are:
* Caregivers who care for orphaned children.
* Educare cooks who are responsible for the cooking in crèches.
* A group of Caregivers who are baking to sell.
* Tholuthando our support group for people living with HIV/AIDS.
My name is Cathy Ferguson. I am a quallified primary school teacher – with many years experience !
I started at Phakamisa in 2008. I am an Educare Trainer, training ladies who teach 3-6 years old children in rural creches. At each workshop they are given stories, games and puzzles to nake. These are taken back with them to be used a teaching aids. They are also taught how to make equipment out of anti-waste. The ladies are also given manuals, which contain all the stories and lessons that they need for a whole year. Many of these lessons are done during the workshops to help them understand how to teach children. The duraitonn of this course is a year and the ladies attend one workshop every second week.
My name is Nomalanga and I was born 30th December 1975. I am married and have two children a boy and a girl. I started to work at Phakamisa as a wandering teacher in 2006.
I was first working at Emmaus church and under the tree. In 2011 I moved to a new area – Cato Crest, in this area there are a lot of informal settlements, a lot of poverty. I am working outside and when it is sunny I move under a tree.
I enjoy working as a wandering teacher.