Phakamisa, South Africa

Contact: Mrs Thokozani Poswa (Director)
Website: www.phakamisa.org
Focus: Pre-school education and empowerment of care-givers

Phakamisa is a ministry of Pinetown Methodist Church. Its programme includes pre-school education training for 250 adults each year, ensuring that good education is available to over 10,000 children. 1,700 caregivers (often grannies or ‘gogos’) of 6,000 orphans receive support and skills training (vegetable growing, beadwork, cooking, parenting, literacy). The Tholuthando group provides confidential support for those with HIV and AIDS. This group celebrates life and promotes healthy lifestyle as well as giving counseling, life skills and peer support. Economic empowerment comes through business skills training for such enterprises as vegetable growing, beadwork and sewing. WDR works alongside Phakamisa in employing a ‘wandering teacher’ who delivers literacy and numeracy classes to children without access to education in townships. 

Our relationship has grown even closer recently with a Methodist group visit in August 2016, and Thokozani's visit to Ireland in May 2017.

PRAY

Loving God,
Thank you for Phakamisa and the love, support and comfort they offer to the sick and abandoned in South Africa. Your Son lived a life of compassion and we thank you that Phakamisa seeks to live this out too.
We pray for the children who Phakamisa work with and trust them to your care; We pray that they will receive an education and that this will open up opportunities for further growth and development. We pray for the caregivers and ask that they will feel supported and cared for. Empower them in their roles so that they feel equipped and able to look after these children. Be with the Director of Phakamisa, Thokozani Poswa, as she leads the organization.
Amen.