Foreigners feel at home

2016-05-17 06:00

It was a day of jubilation as people who were part of the Adonis Musati Project support group celebrated the completion of their course and graduated Tuesday 10 May.

This celebration marks beneficiaries’ completion of the 12-week programme.

During the event members received certificates of completion and had an opportunity to share testimonies of challenges faced and overcome as a result of this programme.

The groups run once a week for 11 to 12 weeks. Each session lasts for three to four hours and includes a small meal or snack and drink. Groups are not bigger than 12 people. Those attending will not be paid to attend the support group but they will be given R25 to help with transport.

Assisting refugeesAdonis Musati Project in Wynberg is an organisation that assists refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. One of their aims is to educate the public about the positive contribution of foreigners to South African society, especially in the midst of xenophobic tensions this past year.

The organisation started in 2007 and was named after Adonis Musati, a young Zimbabwean man who died of starvation while waiting in the queue at Home Affairs. Their aim is to empower marginalised refugees and migrants in South Africa through fostering sustainable support networks and encouraging personal development that achieves lasting change.

Sharing storiesDocumented and undocumented foreigners who live in or close to Maitland, Parow, Bellville, Joe Slovo, Milnerton, Athlone, Delft, Wynberg, Retreat, Salt River, Observatory, Capricorn, and Cape Town can attend the project. Those who can travel to these locations from anywhere in Cape Town are also welcome to join the groups.

They host men’s and women’s support groups for foreigners in communities across the city and have different topics for discussions. Topics range from sharing stories of loss, expectations and realities of life in South Africa to learning about their rights as foreigners, health education, goal setting and gender rights.

Building life skillsJennifer Katongole from Adonis Musati Project says this is a life changing programme which equips participants with so much information. “You will build valuable life skills like communication and goal setting skills, which helps you to manage your lives, families and work better. Attendees will find valuable and correct information regarding their rights as a foreigner as well as about what resources are available to them,” says Katongole.

People will also learn about how to take care of their health.

“You will have the opportunity to share your stories and help to uplift others and your community, and this is what we need for a better society,” she says.

The next round of groups begins the first week of June in communities across Cape Town.

V Anyone who would like more information or to sign up should call the programme coordinator, Deogratious Katongole, at 021 762 4886.

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