Who we are
The Adonis Musati Project's mission is to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable and disenfranchised asylum seekers and refugees in Cape Town. In doing so we aim to provide the support necessary to facilitate a transition to self reliance. Read more.
Dear faithful AMP Supporters,
The AMP team spent the last few months of 2012 reflecting on the past 5 years of our work with refugees and asylum seekers in Cape Town, and strategising a more effective method of assisting our clients. After much research, our new Peer Counselling Project was conceived. We plan to launch this programme in April of this year, and are pleased to finally announce this exciting news to you!
Why are we changing our modus operandi?
Since 2007 AMP has provided humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Cape Town in the form of welfare (food, clothing, shelter, etc.), advice, and referral. While the assistance we have provided has helped countless vulnerable refugees find their feet in Cape Town, we feel that our current model of providing once-off ‘emergency’ assistance to individuals is not sustainable enough. Firstly, given the enormous number of asylum seekers and refugees in South Africa, we are aware that no matter how many long hours our staff work, we, as individuals, will never be able to meet the great need that exists within the Cape Town refugee community. We have also found that due to the traumatic experiences that many refugees face, most of our clients exhibit mental stress and hopelessness that impedes them from moving forward in life. We believe that we need to take a more holistic approach, and that without addressing the mental health needs of our clients, the physical assistance we provide is unsustainable and not effective enough.
2013 Peer Counselling Project Launch
The basis of this project is to empower refugees themselves to assist their peers. We intend to focus our support on empowering a smaller group of resilient, skilled, capable individuals, so that they, in turn, can reach out and assist their peers, thus extending our services to many more vulnerable individuals. We will equip these peers by putting them through a 6-month training programme, where they will receive basic counseling training. During this 6-month period they will put their skills to practice by facilitating 12-week support groups in the Cape Town refugee communities.
The past two months I have been interning at AMP and I have enjoyed my time there as much as I have learnt from it. I am very thankful for being received with open arms by all staff members and being introduced to the daily practices of the organization. I had never expected to feel part of the team and the organization within such a short time and that is a very rewarding experience.
I truly admire the work that AMP and all its dedicated staff members and volunteers are doing. I have been able to gain insight into different components of AMP’s programs and have seen how AMP is helping to make change in people’s lives. I feel that they are doing a great job by offering both once-off / emergency help to people that are suffering basic needs while at the same time providing mental health support that is very valuable for refugees and asylum seekers to sustain themselves in the long run.