Our courses offer basic, practical training for people from dis-advantaged backgrounds and teaching:
0-3 year old children through our Childminders Course.
4-6 year olds through our Educare Course.
250 adults yearly annually participate in PHAKAMISA’s Educare training courses resulting in 10,000 pre-school children receiving a good education.
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We provide support,training and resources for mainly elderly women who care for and support children who are orphaned and vulnerable through HIV/AIDS.
Our workshops provide life sustaining skills;(vegetable gardening, beadwork, cooking, parenting,literacy,) spiritual and emotional support.
Our 270 Caregiver groups have 1700 members caring for 6,000 orphaned or vulnerable children. There are 200 Phakamisa communal or individual vegetable gardens.FIND OUT MORE
Our confidential HIV/AIDS
support group meets twice a month to celebrate life, living it positively.
We promote a healthy lifestyle with education on HIV matters, counselling, social interaction and life skills.
We have 45 regular attendants at Tholuthando with 70 people on our register.FIND OUT how Tholuthando is making a difference.
Help us to continue to change lives through education training and support.
250 educare workers annually access our training courses enabling 10,000 children to receive a sound pre-school education.
270 Caregivers groups with 1,700 members supporting over 6,000 orphaned or vulnerable children.
200 Phakamisa supported communal or individual vegetable gardens.
70 members of Tholuthando our HIV/AIDS support group.
PHAKAMISA employs 3 ‘Wandering Teachers’ who provide a free education to children living in informal settlements.
Children living in abject poverty receive a quality pre-school education in make-do surroundings.
Nonkululeko, Nomalanga and Thandi are our teachers providing for these children.
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We offer short-term interest free micro loans, provided to help entrepreneurs set up small businesses.
Some ladies with sewing skills acquired at PHAKAMISA are sourcing orders for curtains, valances, clothes and uniforms from within their communities and thus making themselves independent.
Likewise ladies with cooking skills.
The unofficial AIDS infection rate for many of the communities in the state of KwaZulu-Natal in which we work is 1 in 2 people.
HIV/AIDS is devastating these poor communities leaving thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Our Educare and Caregiver Programmes have a far reaching effect directly and indirectly impacting the lives of over 1,900 adults and 16,000 children. Our committed and skilled trainers and monitors understand the ever changing needs of the communities served.
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A core principle of PHAKAMISA, is to encourage INDEPENDENCE – be it among Educare teachers or caregivers. Our satelite training centres follow the same principle, so after receiving training in how to teach the teachers, they too will run independently of PHAKAMISA. Pietermaritzburg’s Educare centre – Siphakeme meaning ‘we have been lifted up’ is an example of this, having been running solo since the start of this year.