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

PHAKAMISA responds to the needs of adults and children from poor communities who are living with HIV/AIDS through our uplifting and economically empowering programmes

  • Early Childhood Development

    Our courses offer basic, practical training for people from disadvantaged backgrounds and teaching:
    0-3-year-old children through our Childminders Course.
    4-6-year-old children through our Edu-care Course.
    250 adults annually participate in PHAKAMISA’s Educare training courses resulting in 10,000 pre-school children receiving a good education.  Find out more

  • Wandering Teachers

    PHAKAMISA employs three ‘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.
    Nomalanga, Thandi and Nonhlanhla are our teachers providing for these children. Find out more

  • Caregiver Programme

    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. Find out more.


  • Tholuthando

    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. Find our more