March 2015-February 2016
This year has been directed at consolidating our pioneering peer counselling programme and refining our objectives through the evaluation of needs and obstacles experienced by our beneficiaries. Our role continues to be one of empowering and increasing resilience through education and facilitating access to resources and support networks.
MARCH 2014–FEBruary 2015
Was it really only 7 years ago that we – a group of enthusiastic volunteers – were sitting around Gahlia’s dining room table amidst packets of second hand clothes, piles of CVs and with the aroma of enormous hearty pots of stew due to be taken to the Home Affairs queue, planning how we would feed, clothe, house, employ and provide schooling for the thousands of asylum seekers flocking in to Cape Town, and their families? We agreed that every cent we could raise would be used for such endeavors and that we would facilitate all of this with no staff and from our homes!
MARCH 2013–FEBruary 2014
The last year has been a remarkable one for AMP. Since the launch of our Peer Support Group Programme in April 2013, AMP has flourished in its service delivery, reaching and benefiting close to 250 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the programme’s first year of operation. The year has also seen our new model of scaleable and innovative, community-based support being evaluated, adapted and redefined.
March 2012–February 2013
2012 was a year of careful evaluation, aggressive research and forward thrust for AMP. Although we came across a fair amount of information on documented work with refugees and asylum seekers worldwide, there is still much uncharted territory in this field in Southern Africa. With five years’ experience under our belts – involving mostly on-the-ground work – we took a long and hard look at the assistance we had been able to give our clients up to that point.
March 2011–February 2012
With volunteer burnout being a harsh reality, and long-term sustainability being our goal, adequate and efficient staffing was our top priority objective for AMP for the 2011/2012 year. Whilst we had top quality and dedicated staff members, there was an obvious need for an overall co-ordinator of both staff and projects. We can already report much higher staff output and efficiency, more focused activity and better developed project protocols, and are in turn able to deliver a better service to our clients.