On the 27 September AMP held our Annual General Meeting with some of our stalwart members, supporters and staff.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%).
Earlier on the year, we excitedly shared that AMP was in the process of building a partnership with a recognised health service provider in Cape Town. The aim of this partnership has been to add a supplementary service to our Peer Support Group Programme by facilitating access to a basic but comprehensive health screening for all our programme beneficiaries.
We are delighted to have built this partnership with Living Hope and to have already facilitated 5 health screening days whereby beneficiaries are invited to receive a health screening encompassing a HIV test, STI screen, TB screen, blood sugar, BMI and blood pressure test.
At the end of August the UCT Refugee Rights Unit held its annual Sustained Advocacy for Empowered Refugees (SAFER) Course and 4 Adonis Musati Project (AMP) Peer Counsellors were given an opportunity to attend.
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 their rights, both as refugees and as people living in South Africa.
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.
Everything in life has its seasons and so this is true for AMP’s wonderful team members too. This last few months has been a period of a lot of change for the team. Although for some this may raise eyebrows or concern, there really isn’t a need for this. All of these changes have been a natural result of processes such as gaining new skills and looking for opportunities to use these skills; as well as practical reasons like visas and SA working legislations.