Thursday, May 28, 2009

after khayelisha what next

The community conversation took place in Khayelisha on 16 May 2009. It is exactly one year today when foriegn nationals and even some South Africa citizens were brutally attacked and some lost their lives. The Nelson Madela foundation in collaboration with some Faith based organisations NGOs as well as CBOs are working to bring peace to some of the communities across the country where the impact was highly disturbing .

The aim of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s community dialogue programmes is to promote social cohesion by creating a safe place in which members of a community can come together to discuss the challenges they face and find sustainable solutions.

It was fitting, therefore, that the khayelisha community created a space for organisations and community member to discuss the challenges facing this community and many others in South Africa after the recent attacks.
with this first conversation over , we are still divastaed to recieve news of Somali business men murdered in the Western cape over the weekend .
and in khayelishea and phillipi Somalis are living in fear as they have been told to move out with their businesses and families as soon as posible
In the settlement camps , over 400 people including women and childern are living in poor conditions.
the question is. What do we do now? what else needs to be done ?Who else is behind this misery ?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Community conversations

Whole World Women Association (WWWA) in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela fundation, Africa Unite, Alliance for Refugees in South Africa, Trauma Centre and the Institute for Healing of Memorises will be having the lanching of a two years program community conversation on issues of xenophobia and migration in Kaelisha-Cape Town.
Venue: Community Hall SITE C - kaelisha
Date: Saturday 16 May 2009
Time: 9:00 to 1:30pm
Contact: TeL: 021 448 5022 or email at

The fight for refugee women continues

Working together with local individu­als, groups organizations, Institutions and Government Departments with the intension of seeking ways of empow­ering refugee women and girls, to improve themselves, their self esteem and quality of life. We believe that it was a God designed step that saw the establishment of WWWA, as there is continuous prevalence of wars, and political conflicts in the continent that continues to displace more and more people many of them women and children. Although there is a lot of work being done in this area to protect refugees as well as displaced people.

“We found a need to work with women and girls as most often their issues are overshadowed by more pressing needs of fami­lies and in trying to establish a need for women to be recogn­ised both by private and public institutions”
We are saying that the needs of refugee women out number the needs of the ordinary person in this community.

Our aim is to lead the women s struggle into another dimension, in other words to arm refugee women with the skill to participate in the fight for the liberation of this continent That they will be able to take part in build­ing blocks that connect the struggle for equality with in the existing systems.

WWWA is running a number of projects such as, HIV/AIDS aware­ness and Management Program, Arts and Culture, Healing of memories, advocacy and Lobbying, Research and Student support, women’s leadership training.

Some of the projects are that will soon come into being are the crèche, and an empowerment centre for the women.

However we are facing many challenges in terms of number of people that want our assistance, but we don’t have material and rescourses.