PHAKAMISA is pronounced pa-ga-mee-sa.
A Zulu word meaning 'to uplift.'

Our Aim

PHAKAMISA is a ministry of Pinetown Methodist Church (near Durban, South Africa) and exists to serve and uplift impoverished communities through the provision of educational training, resourcing and support.

Caregiver Programme


Phakamisa is based in Pinetown Methodist Church using the Church and its buildings for the Educare and Childminding classes and Caregiver workshops with morning Devotions being held in the beautiful church. The buildings provide us with plenty of classrooms, a training kitchen, model school, anti-waste collection/sorting room, offices and outside a vegetable garden.


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We work out of Pinetown in a radius of 50km serving in the townships, informal settlements and rural communities. For many homes there is no running water, sewerage or electricity and unemployment is high. Our Educare and Caregiver Monitors visit their groups to ensure that the training and education learnt at Phakamisa is being implemented within Educare Centres and Caregiver Groups providing help and support where needed.