I wish to call on you to join hands in the building of a world in which less people will be forced to flee, and in which refugees are protected until they can safely return home one day.
— Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1990-2000
 Gahlia has worked in the Education and NGO sectors for over 25 years, and specifically with refugees and asylum seekers for the last 10 years. She is passionate about developing sustainable and empowering programmes for vulnerable people, and holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education.

Gahlia has worked in the Education and NGO sectors for over 25 years, and specifically with refugees and asylum seekers for the last 10 years. She is passionate about developing sustainable and empowering programmes for vulnerable people, and holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education.

Gahlia Brogneri
Director and Co-founder

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  manages AMP’s Monitoring & Evaluation as well as its health projects. She joined AMP in 2008 shortly after its inception and has held both on-the-ground and governance roles. Her background is in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Major Incident Planning. Fiona has worked in the NGO sector since arriving in South Africa in 2001, and has developed and implemented programmes in patient advocate training, youth HIV education and a University of Cape Town Continuing Education course for lay health care workers. She has just completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town.

Fiona Mendelson manages AMP’s Monitoring & Evaluation as well as its health projects. She joined AMP in 2008 shortly after its inception and has held both on-the-ground and governance roles. Her background is in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Major Incident Planning. Fiona has worked in the NGO sector since arriving in South Africa in 2001, and has developed and implemented programmes in patient advocate training, youth HIV education and a University of Cape Town Continuing Education course for lay health care workers. She has just completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town.

Fiona Mendelson
Health and M&E Manager
 

 Andrea has worked in the NGO sector for over 20 years, both in the UK and South Africa. She provides the office support and administration necessary to keep AMP programmes running smoothly. Andrea holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Sociology, and a MSc in Development Management.

Andrea has worked in the NGO sector for over 20 years, both in the UK and South Africa. She provides the office support and administration necessary to keep AMP programmes running smoothly. Andrea holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Sociology, and a MSc in Development Management.

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Office Administrator
 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Galiema Matthews is a Registered Counsellor who holds a Bachelors Degree of Psychology and is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She provides counselling services to survivors of trauma and gender-based violence. She has extensive experience working within the refugee community as well as survivors of gender based violence. She has worked in a variety of settings such as schools, clinics and rehabilitation centers. Galiema's vibrant and compassionate nature allows her to deliver professional services in an empathetic manner to her clients. Her passion is to enable the restoration and healing of individuals affected by trauma. 

Galiema Matthews is a Registered Counsellor who holds a Bachelors Degree of Psychology and is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She provides counselling services to survivors of trauma and gender-based violence. She has extensive experience working within the refugee community as well as survivors of gender based violence. She has worked in a variety of settings such as schools, clinics and rehabilitation centers. Galiema's vibrant and compassionate nature allows her to deliver professional services in an empathetic manner to her clients. Her passion is to enable the restoration and healing of individuals affected by trauma. 

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  Odia has been assisting refugees and migrants for several years, and has worked with a number of NGOs. She is particularly interested in the upliftment of vulnerable women in Cape Town. Odia is from DRC, and holds certificates in HIV Counselling and Testing, and Peer Counselling.

Odia has been assisting refugees and migrants for several years, and has worked with a number of NGOs. She is particularly interested in the upliftment of vulnerable women in Cape Town. Odia is from DRC, and holds certificates in HIV Counselling and Testing, and Peer Counselling.

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    Claudine has worked for several NGOs, and dreams to take the refugee peer counselling model to other sub-Saharan African countries where she feels they will greatly benefit. Although originally from Rwanda, Claudine lived in several countries throughout Africa before settling in Cape Town. She is certified in HIV Counselling and Testing, and Peer Counselling.

Claudine has worked for several NGOs, and dreams to take the refugee peer counselling model to other sub-Saharan African countries where she feels they will greatly benefit. Although originally from Rwanda, Claudine lived in several countries throughout Africa before settling in Cape Town. She is certified in HIV Counselling and Testing, and Peer Counselling.

Claudine Kabayiza
Peer Counsellor

 Andrea has worked in the financial services and property sectors for 8 years, and was a business owner for 7 years. She joined the NGO sector in 2015, to support organisations that address social justice issues in South Africa. Andrea holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Andrea has worked in the financial services and property sectors for 8 years, and was a business owner for 7 years. She joined the NGO sector in 2015, to support organisations that address social justice issues in South Africa. Andrea holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Andrea Koch
Finance Manager

 Watson is a registered social worker originally from Zimbabwe. He has been involved with at risk communities for several years and assists AMP with community mapping, staff training, monitoring and evaluation, and referrals. Watson holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and is currently undertaking his Masters Degree in Social Work.

Watson is a registered social worker originally from Zimbabwe. He has been involved with at risk communities for several years and assists AMP with community mapping, staff training, monitoring and evaluation, and referrals. Watson holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and is currently undertaking his Masters Degree in Social Work.

Watson Moyana
Youth Support Programme Manager & Social Worker

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Sylvie Mbebe heads up AMP’s Counselling Centre and also manages our IPV women’s empowerment programme. She has an Honours degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Psychology (part-time) at Stellenbosch University. She is registered with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa and has extensive experience in trauma counselling. Sylvie is passionate about restoring dignity to vulnerable people and helping them to stand up for themselves and live empowered lives. 

Sylvie Mbebe heads up AMP’s Counselling Centre and also manages our IPV women’s empowerment programme. She has an Honours degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Psychology (part-time) at Stellenbosch University. She is registered with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa and has extensive experience in trauma counselling. Sylvie is passionate about restoring dignity to vulnerable people and helping them to stand up for themselves and live empowered lives. 

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  Laverne Jones has a BPsych degree and is a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is currently running our youth support programme for girls and has a range of experience working with at risk youth at correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers and public schools. Laverne has an enduring passion for young people and this is evident in her commitment to empower youth in the best way possible. Her aim in life is to encourage and inspire individuals to reach their full potential!

Laverne Jones has a BPsych degree and is a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is currently running our youth support programme for girls and has a range of experience working with at risk youth at correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers and public schools. Laverne has an enduring passion for young people and this is evident in her commitment to empower youth in the best way possible. Her aim in life is to encourage and inspire individuals to reach their full potential!

Laverne Jones
Registered Counsellor

 Gloria is a trained Peer Counsellor from DRC, and has worked for several organisations that assist refugees and promote human rights. She is passionate about her role as a peer mentor to encourage and build fellow migrants become strong enough to stand on their own. Gloria holds certificates in Peer Counselling, Data Capturing, Business Management and HIV Counselling.    
  
 
  
    
  
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Gloria Mwenge
Peer Counsellor

 Lameck is a trained Peer Counsellor from Malawi. He is passionate about uplifting the poor and marginalised, and in addition to his work as a peer counsellor, he is very active in his community in Somerset West. Lameck has a Degree of Theology in Community Development and is completing his Honours Degree in Development Studies.    
  
 
  
    
  
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Lameck Kaunda
Peer Counsellor

 Jean Luc has worked in the NGO sector for 11 years in South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia and Uganda. He advocates for the rights of refugees in South Africa and is passionate about issues that affect marginalised communities, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Jean Luc has an LLB Degree and a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law.     
  
 
  
    
  
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Jean Luc Tshiamala
Peer Support Group Programme Manager

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Samantha Harlock heads up the social work services at AMP. She has her honours in Social Work and over 10 years work experience in the field. She has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in various roles since 2012. Her other work experience includes working at a drug rehabilitation unit and facilitating a women's art programme. She is passionate about empowering people to be able to access their rights and improve their circumstances.

Samantha Harlock heads up the social work services at AMP. She has her honours in Social Work and over 10 years work experience in the field. She has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in various roles since 2012. Her other work experience includes working at a drug rehabilitation unit and facilitating a women's art programme. She is passionate about empowering people to be able to access their rights and improve their circumstances.

Samantha Harlock
Social Work Services Manager
 

 David Bolomewa Ntiniwe is a registered social worker and has a BA degree in Social Science from UCCM in DRC, a degree in Social Work from UNISA and is currently completing his Masters in Development Studies at UWC. He has extensive experience working with and advocating for vulnerable families, refugees and those suffering with mental health problems. He is passionate about empowering marginalised groups to self-advocate and is part of the social services team at AMP.

David Bolomewa Ntiniwe is a registered social worker and has a BA degree in Social Science from UCCM in DRC, a degree in Social Work from UNISA and is currently completing his Masters in Development Studies at UWC. He has extensive experience working with and advocating for vulnerable families, refugees and those suffering with mental health problems. He is passionate about empowering marginalised groups to self-advocate and is part of the social services team at AMP.

David Bolomewa Ntiniwe
Social Worker
 

 Temi is a trained Peer Educator from Nigeria who is passionate about African Development. He has worked for several NGOs in South Africa and Nigeria, and has been an online UN Volunteer researcher for over 10 years. Temi holds a Bachelors Degree and Master of Science in Psychology, completed postgraduate studies in HIV/Aids Management, and will soon enrol in a PhD programme.

Temi is a trained Peer Educator from Nigeria who is passionate about African Development. He has worked for several NGOs in South Africa and Nigeria, and has been an online UN Volunteer researcher for over 10 years. Temi holds a Bachelors Degree and Master of Science in Psychology, completed postgraduate studies in HIV/Aids Management, and will soon enrol in a PhD programme.

Temi Oduwole
Peer Counsellor

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  has been assisting refugees and migrants for over 10 years in various NGOs in South Africa, including Rape Crisis. She enjoys empowering her clients and encouraging them to self-advocate, and is very active in her community outside of office hours. Augustine qualified as a nurse in DRC, and trained as an HIV/Aids Counsellor.

Augustine has been assisting refugees and migrants for over 10 years in various NGOs in South Africa, including Rape Crisis. She enjoys empowering her clients and encouraging them to self-advocate, and is very active in her community outside of office hours. Augustine qualified as a nurse in DRC, and trained as an HIV/Aids Counsellor.

Augustine Muyambo
Peer Counsellor

 Riziki Lubemba and her family come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and she and her husband David are community and church leaders in Delft. She has worked for AMP since 2009, and in her kind and motherly manner greets everyone who walks in our offices with a warm smile, a cup of tea and a peanut butter sandwich if they seem hungry. 

Riziki Lubemba and her family come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and she and her husband David are community and church leaders in Delft. She has worked for AMP since 2009, and in her kind and motherly manner greets everyone who walks in our offices with a warm smile, a cup of tea and a peanut butter sandwich if they seem hungry. 

Riziki Lubemba
General Worker