Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gender DynamiX

Established in 2005, Gender Dynamix (GDX) is the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on trans and gender diverse communities. GDX has since become an institutionalized non-profit organisation that is fundamental to the development of the trans and gender diverse movements in South Africa and across Southern Africa. 

We spoke to Greyson Thela about the different issues that the LGBTIQ community still face in our so-called modern society.

Although we have a strong Constitution that protects the Rights and Freedom of everyone in South Africa and that same Constitution stipulates that no-one can be discriminated on gender based preference, transpeople still live on a constant struggle.

Many physical, moral abuses and violence's crimes are reported everyday to the Police, currently, there is a shortage of testosterone for transgender in South African hospitals, access to health care is not easy and the health care providers are not well informed when it comes to provide services to trans individuals, at home affairs, it's also a struggle.
In prison, it's worse, they don't know where to place you properly.


Gender DynamiX plays the legal and the educational role to help the trans individuals in general and the LGBTIQ community in particularly. The legal side, they provide legal advice and assistance and on the educational side, they go to schools, communities to host conferences and workshops.

If you are a victim of discrimination, don't let it slide.


For more information contact:
Web: www.genderdynamix.co.za
Email: info@genderdynamix.co.za


                                     By Panphil Tshisumpa

Women and Beyond

Women and Beyond is a non-profit organisation which provides services to women and children  exposed to poverty. They aim to offer counseling, support and intervention to women and children affected by poverty related to societal problems such as abuse women and children living with terminal illness, the HIV/AIDS inflicted, taking care of the aged, raising orphaned, abandoned and disabled children.

We were joined in the studio by Basha Taylor who is the founder of the Organisation and Candice Conradie who is the Coordinator at Women and Beyond to talk about the project they started in 2010.

Women in general are victims of many social injustices within families, communities and school going women (children) specially as they are the prey of the rest of the world. By the time they are 18-years-old or less, they are mothers who has dropped out of school.

To educate them is very crucial that is why Women and Beyond takes time to go to the schools to talk to the young women about issues such as domestic violence, pregnancy, sanitary towels, drugs, sex, poverty, life orientation...
Through young counselor's like Candice, school-girls learn that you can be 20 or more and not have children, women can achieve greatness in life, women can go to higher study grounds as well.

They will be having a workshop on Saturday 9 March 2019 at Sophumelea School.

For more information contact:
Web: womenandbeyond.org.za

                                    


                                               By: Panphil Tshisumpa

WaterAid

WaterAid Southern Africa is an international non-profit organisation that was set up in 1981 as a response to the United Nations (UN) International Drinking Water and Sanitation. They are determined to make clean water, reliable toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Since 1981, they have empowered millions of people with clean water, 25.1 millions of people with reliable toilets.
Dirty water causes Diarrhea and poor toilets kills almost 800 children a day, indecent toilets and lack of good hygiene keeps kids out of school, adults out of work and traps people in poverty but the human rights to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic (household) use.

Chilutya Chileshe who is the Regional Advocacy Manager at WaterAid Southern Africa talked about the conference they are having on 18-22 February 2019 under the theme of African Sanitation Conference.

2.5 million of people over the globe still don't have access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene and sanitation which is defined as a system for the collection, transport, treatment, disposal, or reuse of human excreta seems to be a luxury for many.

As sanitation is still an issue to tackle, the conference would be addressing matters such as sanitation crisis in the world, improvements and how Africa should learn to solve its sanitation crisis, female friendly toilets, partnerships....

For more information contact:
Web: www. wateraid.org/us/

                                            
                                          By: Panphil Tshisumpa

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Helping Hands Academy

Imagine yourself being in a big house in the middle of nowhere with your five-years-old, it's midnight. Suddenly, you faint or worse you have a heart attack. The only help you can get that night is from your child but she/he can't do anything, but calling you in her/his soft voice... while life is fading away from your body little by little.. It's sad. Isn't it?

Helping Hands Academy is an organization whose sole purpose is to train individuals in first aid skills. They provide comprehensive and fully accredited level one, two and three first aid courses.They also offer basic Fire Fighting courses.  Apart from that they offer free public workshops as well as specialized workshops to school groups. They believe that first aid is for everyone. 

Now, they are teaching pre-school children the first aid skills.

One of the course is to call an ambulance.

1. Dial 10111 
2. Ask for an ambulance
3. Give your address
4. Describe what is happening
    - how old is the patient
    - how he/she is feeling
    - is he/she awake or alive
5. Wait for the ambulance.

How good your children are prepared in case of a medical emergency for you, their friends or themselves? Can they stay calm and confident?

On Saturday 2 March 2019, Helping Hands Academy will have a workshop at Bishop Lavis library. They will teach children how to save someone's life through first aid skills. It's free and all children are welcomed.

For more information contact:
Web: www.helpinghandsacademy.co.za
Tel: 060 418 7482


                                            By: Panphil Tshisumpa


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NACOSA

The National Aids Convention of South Africa (NACOSA) is a network of over 1,700 civil society organisations working together to turn the tide on HIV, AIDS and TB in the Southern Africa.

NACOSA promotes dialogue, builds capacity with accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance and channels resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly among children and youth, women and girls.

We talked to Sophie Hobbs about their organisation and HIV, AIDS and TB.

South Africa is the country with the highest rate of HIV, AIDS in the world. Approximately, 7 millions of people are infected. On top of it, TB is the nation's leading cause of natural death as well. Whether you like it or not, you are infected or not, with those numbers, we are all affected, the economy, families, communities, children... we all suffer from it so " Desperate times call for desperate measures".

NACOSA was created out of the need to bring HIV, AIDS and TB communities together in order to educate the society and to build a bridge between health services, funding to the patients-community.

Throughout the time, seminars, conferences, debates, outreaches have be done to eradicate HIV and TB but still, numbers are increasing. Sophie said that many barriers are still to be broken such as stigmas in a way that infected people think that they have to hide themselves from the rest of the world, lack of knowledge, people don't know where to go exactly when something is wrong.

There is a free treatment for people with HIV or TB but prevention is the best option. Post Exposure Prophylactic (PEP) is the pill you can take if someone rapes you in order to prevent the contamination from HIV within 72 hours and Pre Exposure Prophylactic (PREP), if you are at risks of being exposed to HIV.

We should start to educate the community from a young age, the more knowledge you have, the more empowered you are to make positive, good and healthy decisions.

GET TESTED, WEAR CONDOMS and STAY SAFE



For more information contact:
Web: www.nacosa.org.za
Tel: 021 552 0804

                                               
                                           By: Panphil Tshisumpa

Adee Jay

Adee Jay is a young South African R&B artist who started to dream about being a singer and being on stage at the age of five-years-old. He started singing in church with the congregation's choir, participating in school an community competitions.
After he matriculated, he toured Europe for five years and now he is back in the Mother City.

Adee came to us to talk about his progress through time. Let's hear from him.

"After touring in Europe, where I performed live music in Madrid, Barcelona, Andorra, I learnt a lot about music and now I am growing as an artist and as a person. For me, the more you are on stage, the more you learn about the craft. " practice makes better" one said.
As music speaks in all languages and all emotions, I do my craft to please everyone."

"For new coming artists, read books about the industry before you dive in, learn about the business. You don't go to a war without learning to use a gun". Don't think because you can sing, perform and wow the public that is all you need to be a relevant singer, it takes more than that, go on stage in front of a crowd, start from the bottom and work your way up. Once you reach a good height, stay humble and learn to accept criticisms even the negative ones by turning them into constructive ideas."

"For my fans,  Beautiful People is a new single with a rocky taste that I am going to launch very soon. It's another deal, very different with Glad I saved my heart, my first single. It's all about my life, what I encountered since 2017."

My last words: If you have something to do today, do it today , don't procrastinate.


For more information contact:
Facebook: Adee Jay

                                   
                                          By: Panphil Tshisumpa

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Character Company

In the community, 67% percent of  boys grow up without a father-figure and many mothers are forced to raise their children by their self. To be a single-mother is not surprising. Men are in jail, couples are divorced so Jaco created The Character Company to help boys without a father figure to have the opportunity to have someone to look up to. For him, the current culture of violence and abuse in South Africa is due to the fact of not-having a father or a father figure around.

In our society, men behave badly, sometimes by lack of knowledge or they did not have a father-figure themselves while growing up, so boys are left alone with the mother who can't play both roles: of a mother and father. They don't have a positive role model to look up to so they quickly fall into social ill's.

The Character Company comes into play to rescue those boys from as young as the age of: 5-10 years-old. They start with them a long term project where boys learn to become gentlemen through activities such as camping. They will learn the five values that a man must have: honesty, courage, calmness, discipline and respect in order to grow into good man.

Every five kids will have a mentor to be taught by, to follow as a role model because it takes a good man to turn a boy into a good man.

The message is that no matter how busy you as a Father are, take time to be with your boy, money or gifts does not compensate the absence of a father. Your boy needs to be educated, to have a father to look up to.

The cost of this educational process is only R250 but a mother who can't afford it will not see her boy being refused the occasion.

For more information contact:
Number: 084 777 7114
Web: thecharacter.co.za


                                           By: Panphil Tshisumpa