Friend of the Phumelela Project Jack "Jally" Gallie is doing a DJ set in aid of the project. Do tune in if you can.
Please check out our latest video highlighting all the work we have been doing sine the outbreak of Covid 19.
Even though there is a lockdown due to #COVID19 and our office is closed, we still try to assist our beneficiaries in the best way possible. Our counsellor Nomthandazo conducts session via the phone from her home. She is doing this in a separate room or outside to ensure confidentiality! #counselingduringcovid19 #mentalhealth
Many vulnerable people in Eswatini do not have access to soap and sanitizers to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. Through a very generous donation from the Soap Shop in Manzini, we were able to assist residents of Mangwaneni (a local township) with these essentials. The community authorities were extremely helpful by identifying elderly and extremely vulnerable people! Siyabonga kakhulu!! #staysafe #communitysupport #COVID19
Phumelela Project is committed to assist our beneficiaries during this difficult time. We have received a very generous donation of soap and sanitizer products from The Soap Shop in Manzini. As most of the vulnerable people we try to help have little or no access to soap etc., we will work with the local communities to distribute these products. We will also focus on the elderly residents and how to distribute them safely for all those involved. #COVID19 #staysafe
As of the 21st March 2020 The Phumelela Projects office in Manzini is closed. All staff we be working from home until further notice. We will be conducting all counselling via the internet and telephone. In this very difficult time we are doing everything possible to maintain as much of our service as we can. Please check back for updates. Stay safe. Stay at home. Save lives.
John (not his real name) was addicted to alcohol for a long time. He joined Phumelela in 2016 and we were able to refer him to a local Rehab Centre (the only one in Eswatini). After finishing the one year program, he was able to get a job at a local company. Phumelela further assisted him in getting a drivers license, so he is able to work as a driver for the company. He reported that he is still sober, living independently in his own flat. Help continue Phumelela's vital work in supporting young people like John by making a donation today: https://www.gofundme.com/phumelelaproject-help-me-on-my-way
The Kingdom of Eswatini is a source and transit destination country for men, women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Most victims are from poor communities. Phumelela identified 2 young girls, who were forced to sell their bodies after school. During counselling sessions, they reported being approached by a woman in an unmarked car to join her "business" in South Africa. It turned out the girls were in high risk of being sex trafficked. Together with the Government Social Welfare Department and their guardians, the girls were safely placed in a home for abused girls. There, they will be able to continue school and recover from their traumatic experiences. #stophumantrafficking #stoprape #stopsextrafficking
Phumelela Project delivers Gender Based Violence and Drug and Substance Abuse awareness talks to school children.
In March 2019, Phumelela Project facilitated two awareness sessions on Gender Based Violence and Drug and Substance abuse. We were invited to Hillside Primary School in Manzini, where our trained child counsellor, Nomthandazo Dlamini, facilitated the programme to 500 Grade 3 to Grade 7 pupils. We also worked with the Domestic Violence Unit from the Royal eSwatini Police Service, who educated the children about Human Trafficking and dangers and risks involved. These joint initiatives has enabled us to develop a relationship with the police, and now we receive referrals from them.
Nomthandazo also delivered a talk to teachers about Drug and Substance Abuse at Mafutseni Community School. Phumelela will continue to work with the schools mentioned, and provide counselling sessions to pupils who are already using drugs, or are at risk of using drugs in the future.
In April 2019, we joined a cluster of civil society organisations engaged in youth and children's rights organised by COSPE Swaziland. COSPE is a private lay and non-profit organisation founded in 1983 to ensure fair and sustainable development, human rights, peace and justice.
The day focussed on ensuring that all children are registered at birth:
A child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and the right to be a full citizen. The registration of birth, guarantee the access to essential services, such as health, education and social welfare.
Other organisations we are working with on this are: Luvatsi, Swaziland National Youth Network, SOS Children Villages Eswatini, Flas Eswatini, Swaziland National Union of Students, Swaziland National Association of Teachers and FSEJ.
The EU Ambassador Esmeralda Hernandez also joined the launch.