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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.
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The 18th of July is Mandela Day – a day where people from all over the world take action to commemorate the life, values and legacy of the wonderful Nelson Mandela. In the past, at AMP, we have spent time considering how, as an organisation, we can potentially benefit from Mandela day and people’s and companies’ positive intentions of generosity and action. This year however, we realised that there was no reason why we too, shouldn’t strive to give and share. Given our constraints as well as our preference to do something that was fun and uniting for us, we opted to take part as a team in the wonderful Madiba Jive initiave. After all who doesn’t love to dance? How the initiative worked was that our staff made a financial contribution to Nelson Mandela Foundation and No Danger Diaries and then created our own Madiba Jive - A 60 second video clip of our team all doing the classic Madiba Shuffle. This was then up-loaded to the Madiba Jive site and formed part of classic Madiba Jive mash-up.
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Gayle McWalter and Gahlia Brogneri, two of AMP's original founders, won the Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy in November. Check out the video that Inyathelo put together which highlights their work and AMP's story!
A saying goes “Men learn while they teach”
The most rewarding experience for me as a Peer Counsellor is the strength and insight I draw from my engagement with support group participants. That is, the joy of seeing some of them still standing after going through hopeless and traumatic situations, it strengthens me as well.
Watching their psychological growth during the 12 weeks period is very rewarding. Many a times I have seen participants on our first week with hopeless and frustrated disposition. But by the fifth and the sixth session you can see tremendous changes.
An instance that comes to mind was one of our men’s sessions in Wynberg. During one of our sessions where we unpacked problem solving, we asked the group to mention the most challenging problem they were currently faced with. The majority mentioned lack of job/unemployment. Vividly, I remember I asked them to mention their skills as well which they did. We used the problem solving model in our manual to analyse the issue. In the following week, two of the participants reported they got jobs. That was huge for me.
On the 31st August to 2nd of September 2016 the UCT Refugee Rights Unit convened its annual Sustained Advocacy for Empowered Refugees (SAFER) Course and 4 Adonis Musati Project (AMP) Peer Counsellors were given an opportunity to attend this short course. The four Peer Counsellors who attended this short course were Temi, Claudine, Odia and Watson. This three day course in refugee law and practice, rights assertion and community conflict resolution is aimed at empowering refugee community leaders, and South Africans working with refugee communities to better understand and thereafter be in a position to assert the rights that refugees are entitled to, both as refugees specifically and as all persons in South Africa.
On the 27th of September AMP held our Annual General Meeting at our office in Wynberg with some of our stalwart members, supporters and staff. It was a successful and enjoyable meeting, where meaningful feedback on the previous year’s activities could be shared. To view the full annual report, click this link).
The following is a summary of the impact made through our Peer Support Group Programme during the financial year: March 2015-February 2016.
In 2015 AMP ran 43 support groups and served a total of 444 beneficiaries – this is more than double the number of beneficiaries served in 2014. Slightly more women (54%) than men (46%) where served, and the majority of AMP’s clients (52%) fell between the ages of 26 and 35. The majority of our clients were from the Democratic Republic of Congo (64%) followed by Malawi (12%) and Zimbabwe (9%).