A day in the life of...


A day in the life of...

An Abalingani Field Worker

An Abalingani Field Worker

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On a typical morning Mhlangabezi will get up and ready for work after helping to feed the young children that stays in his home.

Mshlangabezi joined the OLIVE LEAF Foundation in 2005.

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Mlangabezi together with his Mother, two Sisters, 3 Brothers and 2 Nephews and niece lives in Khayelitsha a township near Cape Town. An estimated 700 000 people live in Khayelitsha that has large informal settlements.

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Most residents in Khayelitsha make use of minibus taxi services or travel by train or foot to get to work. The community of Khayelitsha has a 32% HIV prevalence and 80 % unemployment rate.

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The Abalingani team works with men and women in the community to address gender equality. Regular reports are written to inform Funders and Management on progress made.

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Abalingani Field Workers conduct Workshops to engage men in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and cross-generational sex. This workshop is in a local Shebeen.

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An Isichatamiya (traditional Xhosa male choir)  that Mshlangabezi belongs to also completed the Men as Partners workshop. As mentors to the youth they started an after-school Kids Club where children can come to learn life skills, have some fun and have something to eat.

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The average day of a Field worker sees him go to Schools, Community halls, Shebeens and other venues to engage with the community and to facilitate dialogue or training to promote gender equality.

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The Isichatamiya named Khayelitsha Mambazo perform daily at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town where many visitors and tourists enjoy their music. The OLIVE LEAF Foundationassists men in establishing sustainable livelihoods such as these choirs.

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Field workers are the back-bone of the OLIVE LEAF Foundation, their dedication and commitment has served many thousands of South Africans.

 


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