Monday, September 21, 2009


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Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust
‘Chauncy Maples’ is the oldest ship in Africa, being renovated to provide free health services to 2 million people around Lake Malawi.

whose mission is help young Malawians reach their potential through the development of local education.

Urban Poor Child Organization (UPCO)
a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Ghana that works to support urban poor children, brilliant but needy, to undergo any training of their choice.

is a UK based charity committed to developing Africa's resources and empowering its people. Now searching for funding for new projects and volunteers to help carry out specific work.

Livingstone Tanzania Trust
Community based cultural tourism, voluntourism, teaching opportunities, we are poverty alleviation in practice. Donors and visitors are urged to visit our projects and see what we are up to.

The Change Exchange
A nonprofit organization working to aid the academic and emotional development of children in Africa by supporting schools and implementing sustainable development projects.

Medical Benevolence Foundation
MBF provides hope & healing to those in need, including funding for medical services & supplies, nutrition, orphan care, community development, & medical mission workers.

Hope Missions Ministries
A Christian organisation working in education, advocacy, women's empowerment, child survival, youth development, agricultural and spiritual projects in the rural regions of Malawi.

Free lessons for Knysna Schoolchildren
Charity providing free lessons for poor schoolchildren in Kynsna, South Africa. No administrative overhead (all funds spent on tuition).

whose mission is help young Malawians reach their potential through the development of local education.

SOS Children: Aids Africa
Children charity helping orphans throughout africa with latest projects in South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland

Link Ethiopia
Link Ethiopia is the first full school link with an Ethiopian secondary school. The website tells of this link but also has plenty of information on Ethiopia, its culture and its people.

Achieve in Africa
We give children in Africa, starting in Tanzania, the ability to achieve in school by providing the facilities and supplies needed for a proper education.

The Mustard Seed Project
UK and Kenyan Charity supporting deprived Mombasa community through school for poor children, training unemployed adults, microbusinesses for single mothers, empowering community to improve environment.

Poverty In Africa. You Can Help
A place where you can learn more about poverty in Africa, and how to help

Self Help Africa
Self Help Africa works with thousands of farmers in rural Africa, helping them to feed their families, earn a living and become more self-reliant.

Transafrika Cultural Institutes
a non-profit organization based in the US dedicated to supporting schools, orphanages and medical facilities in Africa.

The Ufosa Foundation
Uniting aid in Education, Family Wellbeing and Health across South Africa in its far-reaching 5-year development programme.

Youth Alive
Youth Alive exists in Ghana to alleviate the plight of street and vulnerable children in the country. Through training and education it hopes to give children a better future

Orphanage Africa
We are an NGO that supports orphans, needy children and women in Ghana. We run a volunteer program to send volunteers to the orphanages we support.

IT Kidz of Africa
a small charitable organisation with the purpose of increasing computer literacy and knowledge of information technology amongst children and disenfranchised individuals in Africa.

A registered charity supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children through work with schools. Paying fees and funding school based projects ranging from buying books to building classrooms.

Helps International (HINT)
a community development NGO situated in Buea, Cameroon whose mission is to improve the social and economic well-being and health of the poor and under privileged in our society through education, skill development and job creation.

Paper for All
a non-profit registered in the UK and France that provides academic resources (notebooks, pens, chalk) to several elementary schools in Burkina Faso, Africa. Please visit our website to know more about our actions and impact.

The Kanga Project
We support grassroots organisations in Tanzania that focus on women’s empowerment through education, training and microloans. We fund girls’ dormitories so they can attend secondary schools.

Temwa's objective is to help build a sustainable future for the people of Malawi through community-based projects.

ICAfrica - International Charity for Africa
To relieve poverty by providing economic development assistance to impoverished communities in Africa, though working with small enterprises & farmers to create jobs, supported through skills training

Faraja Orphans Rescue Ministry (FORM)
a Tanzanian non-profit organization recognized by the government. We nurture the children's physical and spirtitual needs.

Orphanages for Africa (OFA)
a Christian multinational charity which offers humanitarian and development assistance to Africans caring for orphans.

Build A School
Help build a school in Malawi: Buy materials or labour to be a part of Africa's future

Tanzania Partners
A church-based organization in the US working directly with residents of Hedaru, Tanzania, to improve the quality of life in Hedaru through projects that benefit the entire community

Poverty Eradication Network Trust
(PEN Trust) is a non profit serving the needy of Dodoma and Singida regions in central Tanzania through education and nutrition programs.

The Goromonzi Project, Inc.
Sponsoring orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, Africa.

Develop Africa
Committed to developing Africa's greatest resource – people. We invite you to join us in empowering lives and creating opportunities. Come make a difference with us.

Women In Vision
An NGO which helps women by training and empowering them to have skills and also developing their businesses. By volunteering you will help change the life of an African woman.

For Life Onlus Charity
fundraising for the Combonian Fathers village in kotido, karamoja in Uganda

The Global Natural Healthcare Trust
Founded in 2001, the charity cares for and treats several thousand HIV/ AIDS patients holistically with medical herbs which are both safe and organic.

PDH - Lome, Togo
Small and committed local humanitarian project, committed to fighting the AIDS and poverty stricken inhabitants of Togo. We are desperate for volunteers.

EdUKaid aims to enable the children of the developing world to gain dignity and future prosperity for themselves and their community by providing education.

Christ Cares Childrens Home
a caring and rehabilitation centre for orphans and needy children from the streets and poor families in Kajiado District in Kenya

Hope for Africa Intermational
A Christian Charitable Organisation providing humanitarian and social services to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Africa through Community Schools.

African Society for Quality in Healthcare ASQH
We work in Africa training on Six Sigma TQM and CME All information about Health in Africa countries you need all services are totally free

A Self-Help Assistance Program
ASAP helps individuals in southern Africa to improve their own lives and become self-reliant with sustainable, community-based development.

African Children's Educational Trust (A-CET)
Small independent professional charity helping vulnerable young Africans through educational scholarships. Working through through local organisations we now support 1,000+ children and 2 primary schools.

MOP (Marylinn Orphan Project)
MOP is a Tanzanian organisation dealing with HIV/AIDS orphans and widows and actively looking for short-term or long-term volunteers of all types.

Sponsoring African Children in Kenya Africa Christian Charity
The mission of Pamoja Child Trust, Inc. is to promote, sponsor, and assist Kenyans in developing programs that would optimize the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social well being of children.

Street Child Africa
works with partner agencies to help the thousands of African Street Children find a way out of living on the streets.

SOS Africa
A UK registered charity, which funds the education and care of underprivileged children from the poorest areas of Southern Africa.

Nyuma Ya Thanzi
Nyumba Ya Thanzi is a charitable trust that supports Malawian led development initiatives. We hold parties in the UK to raise money for the work our partners are doing in Malawi.

TunaHAKI Foundation
Dedicated to caring for the neediest children of Tanzania, we are currently supporting a shelter for orphaned street kids who specialize in acrobatics! Volunteers welcome!

Make a Difference (MAD)
empower orphaned children and youth to become self sufficient and self confident citizens through education, healthcare, social development, and income generating activities at orphanages and community schools.

Ubumi Children's Project
Community based christian organization working with communities to address the needs of vulnerable children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS in a holistic and sustainable manner

Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS)
PEAS is a UK charity which aims to make a sustainable, long-term difference to the lives of African children through the foundation and development of low-fee secondary schools.

Fair Aid Society
working to support locally-run Congolese health care initiatives that serve the marginalized and vulnerable

Women in Progress
Women in Progress works to achieve economic independence of women and alleviate poverty at a grassroots level. Women in Progress also helps people volunteer abroad.

Childaid Voluntary work Ghana
Childaid organises voluntary work in Ghana. Volunteers can teach at schools in Africa. Childaid is nonprofit organisation and is located in Holland and in Ghana.

Hope Africa
Offers support for various projects throughout Malawi. Online donations available.

We work towards the alleviation of poverty through better Health and Education provision, and the development of sustainable economic practices.

Harvestime Company Ltd.
We provide quality basic educational and health-care services for rural communities in Ghana, especially needy children of school-going age.

Star of Hope
Charity bassed in Cornwall UK looking to help street children in Nairobi with shelter education and health'

Biblionef South Africa is a unique NGO, which donates new storybooks in all eleven official South African languages to needy children’s organizations throughout the country.

African Support and Assistance Project
A new charity, based at Mid-Cheshire College, dedicated to the support of education and communities in Africa. We are working with Befole Primary School in northern Lesotho to help them re-build their school.

Fondation Maisha
Homepage of a non profit organization for street children in Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo.

Build the Future
Committed to help East African children reach their potential

ISOSS - International SOS Society
Free Medical Care and assistance for the disabled in Ghana, West Africa

Igbo Charitable Association Inc
A charitable organization delivering community level poverty alleviation support to people in Eastern Nigeria and creating employment opportunities for young people in all of Africa.

Stand Up For Africa
an independent, African-led, non-profit organisation. We support and create opportunities for all those who love Africa to help eradicate poverty and suffering across the continent.

a new UK Registered Charity supporting self-help and home-grown food-related projects in poorly resourced communities in South Africa.

Helping Hands Healing Ministries, Inc.
A charity helping the poorest of the poor with educational, medical, social, and spiritual needs so that as they are empowered they can, in turn, help others as well.

Christian African Educational Services
Our mission is to improve the lives of those in need. Because children and youth are the hope of the future, we believe in investing in them by providing education, training and leadership.

Action of Solidarity for Scientific Knowledge and Research (ASK)
a nonprofit organization involved in assisting Developing Countries, particularly in Africa, to create an environment that promotes development of knowledge and scientific research.

Africatravelmart works with tour operators and safari companies to provide custom made tours and sales of curios in support of job creation for the unemployed

Somali Poverty Relief and Rural Development Organisation
a registered charity in England. The charity was established to give education to the Somali children in Somalia, to provide clean water and basic health care. Membership is open to any individual who is interested in furthering the objectives of the charity.

Zisize - The Heaton Lee Memorial Trust
a child-centred UK charity whose aims are poverty alleviation and educational advancement in rural areas of KwaZuluNatal.

Give young people the opportunity to spend up to three months working alongside villagers on locally initiated community development projects.

Abaana Ministries
Charity helping Children in Africa. Raising funds for Schools and Hospitals. Getting Youth to help Youth. Sharing God's Love.

International Reconstructive Plastic Surgery - Ghana
IRPS wishes to help Ghana become self sufficient in reconstructive plastic surgery provision within the next five years. To help achieve this, the IRPS requires to raise funds to pay for: new hospital equipment, training courses in Ghana, training doctors in Scotland, providing amenities for nurses and the expenses of consultant surgeons visiting Ghana.
helps donors buy books for children in South Africa. Payments are made to existing online retailers. Books are dilivered directly to end users.

Beads for Education, Advancement, Development and Success
BEADS in conjunction with the African Conservation Center in Kenya has developed a two pronged effort to help the Maasai women and their families in Isinya, Kenya

Harambee Schools Kenya
Harambee Schools Kenya aims to improve the basic infrastructure of poor rural primary schools in Kenya, and to provide them with basic materials, especially textbooks.

Help an African Schoolchild Trust
The Aim of the charity is to improve the living conditions and the educational standards and facilities in a number of Zambian and Tanzanian communities.

The Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana
VOLU organizes 3-4 week volunteer workcamps helping poor communities in Ghana.

Messiah Ministries
The mission of Messiah Ministries is to care for orphans, street children, widows and other vulnerable members of society through education, skills training, shelter, health, spiritual guidance and reintegration.

The Life in Africa Foundation
Images, true stories and concrete ways to make a low-cost but lasting impact on the lives of the African poor.

Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard
We are the Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta in South Africa. We run 12 charitable projects: 1. A health care centre & Hospice, 2. A Children's Home, 3. A Pre-Primary School & Crche, 4. A Community Development Centre, 5. A First Aid & Emergency Service, 6. A Feeding Scheme for malnourished infants, 7. A social club for senior citizens, 8. An AIDS Education Programme, 9. A Poor-Sick Fund, 10. A Bursary Fund, 11. A Relief Fund, 12. A Disaster Relief Service.

Topia Children's Eco-Sanctuary Project in Central Africa

The eco-sanctuary is designed to provide immediate assistance to children left seperated, unaccompanied, or orpaned by the violence in Darfur Sudan, specifically the displaced population who have crossed the border into neiboring Chad. Families with children will become foster families upon residential entrance to Topia, and will be the primary caregivers to the children who are alone. Although Topia is aimed to decrease the suffering of the Sudanese refugees, there is no discrimination in acceptance into the Sanctuary, and it will be open and available to all regardless of race, religion, or nationality for the benifit of the region. There are five main elements to the Topia project: 1.) Housing- Assistance in the construction of homes within the Eco-Sanctuary for families , and children old enough to provide for their own self-care. We will also assist in relocation and reunification of seperated and unaccompanied children when and where possible. 2.) Education-We will be building a school open to the general public free of charge. In addition to children's primary classes, we will also provide adult literacy and continuing education classes as well. The school is designed to have a library with books in the local language, as well as computer and internet access at a later stage of development. 3.) Health-Care-Comprehensive full service clinic with integrated medicine blending the healing talents of both modern and traditional practitioners. Health services will be provided free of charge to sanctuary inhabitants, and accessible to the general public on a sliding scale or barter fee based on their income. 4.) Agreculture Development-environmentally restorative agrecultural development to provide for the communities nutritional stability. By using the concepts of permaculture and agroforestry to develop the Eco-Sanctuary's agreculture, we will be continuously building up soil components in areas of depletion, providing shade which in turn increases the soils humidity levels, and provides a place where natural flora can thrive. 5.) Renewable Energy-We will be using a combination of solar, wind, and turbine equipped playground equipment to provide for the energy needs of the community.

Description of innovation:

We are approaching the field of humanitarian aid in a way that strengthens the environment as well as the people in it. Particularly in the areas of environmental scarcity, compitition for limited resources creates local instability, which in turn leads to regional instability and possibly even war. The best way to either recover or prevent further incidence of crisis in the long term would be to teach the future generations to maintain the delicate balance of humans and nature. To design this project, we incorporated four distinct methodologies including concepts of humanitarian aid, disaster mitigation, sustainable development, and environmental stewardship to create what we have termed "holistic aid." The combination not only provides for the immediate needs of the sanctuary's inhabitants, but will also protect and empower the local area by providing access to education, healthcare, agrecultural stimulation, and a healthier environment. Current humanitarian aid available in the region of southern Chad is primarily focused on the refugee populations from Sudan and the Central African Republic while the people of Chad live in extreme poverty. The compitition for resources and frustration over the supplies deployed to the region for refugee aid increases tensions in the area. Similar ecological and racial makeup of Chad and Sudan increase the potential for the violence to spread from Darfur into Chad, therefore we are attempting to increase local stability in Chad before the crisis spreads. The children of the region are particularly vulnerable with little or no infrastructure to provide them with basic needs ranging from food and shelter, to education and future oppertunity.

Key operational partnership:

We are currently working alone as an organization on Topia because we are in such early stages of development. Part of the assessment process will be to connect and collaborate with local organizations in Chad and Sudan.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Adonis Musati Project was named after a young Zimbabwean who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while waiting to get his asylum papers

The Adonis Musati Project was named after a young Zimbabwean who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while waiting to get his asylum papers. This organisation formed at the end of 2007 in order to ensure that no refugee died of starvation ever again in Cape Town.

Africa has many countries that are either in conflict or have economic situations that are so dire that people are forced to migrate in order to survive. A lot of refugees eventually make their way to the southern most tip of Africa. In South Africa, instead of the relief they had hoped to receive, they face many problems the least of which include persecution, oppression and xenophobia and the worst, rape and death. The majority of these refugees are from Zimbabwe, where since the year 2000 the political and resultant economic situation has deteriorated to an unprecedented degree, due to the devastating rule of the tyrant, Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF. However there are also refugees flocking from other impoverished countries whose poverty, suffering and struggles are often overshadowed by Zimbabwe's crises. These countries include Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Somalia and Tanzania.

In South Africa there is very little assistance given by the government for refugees. In fact they often face hostility from government officials. Therefore the little help that they get comes from existing NGOs and NPOs. Before the Adonis Musati Project was formed, there was no NGO or NPO that ensured that the refugees queuing for their papers received some form of nourishment on a daily basis.

The Adonis Musati Project has been granted NPO status. Our official NPO number is 068633NPO.


All Adonis Musati Project committee members are volunteers with jobs, family or study commitments. All storage facilities, places of distribution, telephone and computer facilities, and transport costs have been provided by the volunteers themselves at no cost to the organisation. Even a large amount of the funding has come from the volunteers themselves. Some large and small donations from caring individuals and groups have been of enormous assistance and have gone directly to the refugees themselves.

From November 2007 until June 2008, the Adonis Musati Project fed hundreds of refugees a hot meal several times a week. Hundreds of bags of second-hand clothing have been distributed, as well as thousands of blankets and sleeping bags. At Christmas time, hundreds of well-stocked toiletry bags were distributed, and since then toiletries have been handed out as they have been available. Many refugees have been assisted with transport to hospital, associated costs and basic medicines. Thousands of train and bus tickets have been purchased for refugees needing to renew their asylum papers in Nyanga + for those needing to get to job interviews etc. Some refugees have been assisted with transport to Zimbabwe to go and bury loved ones and comfort their families. Phone cards have been purchased from time to time to help refugees make contact with their families back home.

Adonis Musati Project volunteers have personally helped every refugee who has asked for a Curriculum Vitae to be made in order to find a job. This involves the compilation, typing up and printing of the Curriculum Vitae. Thousands of Curriculum Vitae's have been compiled for refugees.

In the 1st half of 2008, the Adonis Musati Project helped hundreds of refugees find accommodation in low-cost warehouses, shelters, flats and houses and paid for one to two month's of their rent. The Adonis Musati Project also provided some basic foodstuffs for these people so that they would not starve whilst finding a job. For the vast majority of these people, there is a tangible difference in them once they have the restored dignity and security of a roof over their heads. They are able to more easily seek employment and then take over their rentals. The aim is to help the refugees to become self sufficient so that we can then lend our support to other individuals and in the end help more people.

The Adonis Musati Project has also given financial assistance to many refugees for training in security, hospitality, sea faring, computer skills and driving This includes all the equipment or other needs that accompany the training for example safety boots, overalls, registration and admin fees, books and manuals and medicals just to name a few.

During the Xenophobic attacks in May 2008, hundreds of refugees were transported by Adonis Musati Project volunteers to the various camps in the Peninsula. Buses and taxis were also hired by the Adonis Musati Project to assist them with transport to and from the camps.

At present 800 sandwiches are being made and about 300 pieces of fruit donated by Adonis Musati volunteers each week. This is to supplement the hot meals that are now temporarily being provided on some days of the week by another refugee organisation. The sandwiches and fruit are provided at no cost to Adonis Musati Project funding as the volunteers involved purchase the bread and make the sandwiches themselves.


The Adonis Musati Project always desperately needs to raise funds in order to continue with this day to day provision of basic needs. An essential goal is to acquire a local building that will provide shelter for refugees who sleep and live on the streets. The Adonis Musati Project would also like to initiate "self-help" training projects where the refugees could learn entrepreneurial skills in order to start up their own small businesses.

Volunteers are always needed to:

· supply food

· transport goods

· collect and sort clothes

· provide blankets

· make “easy to make” sleeping bags (materials provided)

· distribute sandwiches etc in the CBD

· assist with job seeking

· assist those in need of medical help

· resource accommodation in the town/Woodstock/Salt River and nearby areas

· help with administrative functions

· raise funds

If you are available to help with any of the above then please contact Gayle who will incorporate you into our rosters.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Human Trafficking and 2010 FIFA World Cup

Written by Charlotte Sutherland

As the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaches, attention is increasingly focussed on one of the most pervasive crimes expected to accompany the boom in the South African tourism industry: human trafficking. The trafficking of women and girls for sexual abuse purposes is likely to increase in order to meet the expected rise in demand for sex. Most authors argue that a positive correlation exists between the demand for sex work in one place (i.e. profit-generating opportunities) and the presence of large numbers of male tourists. There are, however, parties who disagree that such an increase will take place, most notably on the premise that the increase in police presence during the World Cup will render the environment too risky for traffickers to function as they wish. Focussed police presence may, however, not be the deterrent it is hoped to be. The police force’s current involvement in the sex work industry is questionable and the proposed decriminalisation of sex work before the World Cup contributes significantly to the complicated character of human trafficking.

Experts have warned South African authorities to take trafficking of women and girls more seriously and to ensure they are sufficiently prepared for the increase in trafficking that will presumably accompany the World Cup event. Ambassador Luis C deBaca, Director of the US Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State, addressed a conference on human trafficking in South Africa, Pretoria, on July 6, commenting that, “With the 2010 we might see an uptake of prostitution and brothels moving closer to the sites... pimping of children is also on the cards” (‘2010 attracts human trafficking’, The Citizen).

As stated earlier, some commentators believe that the increased presence of police during the event will force traffickers to maintain a low profile. They argue that the once-off nature of the event is not worth the while of traffickers (Global Alliance in Traffic Against Women, 2009). Contrary to this, The Mercury newspaper reported on July 16 that the South African Justice Department said it knows that more women are being trafficked into the country ahead of the World Cup. They are apparently being hidden away in residential areas until the World Cup tourists start flooding into the country.

Trafficking, police and the sex work industry

Shanaaz Parker, a researcher at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), found that organised crime and trafficking are closely linked to the sex work industry (‘Call to legalise sex work before 2010’, Pretoria News). While arguments that the decriminalisation of sex work is necessary to protect sex workers rights are valid, we must also consider the impact of a legal sex work industry on the women themselves and connections between sex work and trafficking.

In April 2009, the Sex Worker Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) called on the South African government to speed up the decriminalisation of sex work. They want sex work to be decriminalised before 2010 so that sex workers’ rights are recognised and protected by law. The group emphasised that it would like to see sex work decriminalised in the long run, for the women’s sake, not only for the World Cup period and for male tourists’ pleasure, as former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi suggested earlier this year. SWEAT hopes that a decriminalised sex industry will help protect sex workers, but the opposite may be the case if the police force dedicates fewer resources to the industry, given that it would then be legal. The police force may well be inclined to commit its limited resources to actual criminal activities instead of protecting the regularly abused rights of sex workers.

Errol Naidoo and a group of local and international activists are developing a document that outlines why the South African government should not decriminalise sex work. Naidoo is the Chairperson of the Family Policy Institute in Cape Town. He points out that the Institute’s research shows that countries who had sex work decriminalised are now trying to reverse their decisions. “Child trafficking, prostitution and the drug industry have exploded in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, where the industry was decriminalised more than 10 years ago,” he said. “The police and intelligence service in those countries are far more sophisticated than South Africa's, and yet they can't control it. How will we control it with corrupt police officers and with our political instability?” Naidoo asks.

The police force’s relationship with the sex work industry is turbulent and abusive. Policemen are free to abuse sex workers because their rights are not protected by law. Research undertaken by SWEAT found that sex workers fear abuse by police members. “Our experience indicates that the highest levels of violence against sex workers come from the police and law enforcement sectors,” said one of the researchers, Nicole Fick. Thirty percent of sex workers who have made statements to SWEAT have been forced to have sex with police officers (‘Sex workers fear abuse from cops – survey’, Independent Online). Is it thus very possible that the trafficking of women and children will increase as the 2010 World Cup approaches, and the nature of legislation against or for sex workers, as well as the police’s presence or absence and tendency to abuse sex workers, will all have impact on vulnerable women and children during the World Cup.

Can the trafficking of women and children be prevented?

South Africa is taking several measures to prevent an increase in the trafficking of women and children. Legislation that deals specifically with trafficking currently sits before the parliamentary portfolio committee. Police and non-governmental organisations launched a campaign - ‘Red Light 2010’ in July 2009 in an effort to create awareness amongst citizens of trafficking in persons. “During 2010, there will be a lot of visitors coming to our country. With so many people in South Africa, we will see women and children being trafficked. This campaign intends to give people knowledge about how trafficking happens,” said Child Welfare’s Assistant Director, Carol Bews.

It is the author’s opinion that what is most necessary is for the Government to pay more attention to this issue immediately. Why not criminalise the men who form the massive demand for sex work? They are, after all, one of the main reasons the sex work industry is flourishing. If the demand for sex work can be diminished, the supply of it is likely to decrease, too. The fact that sex workers are seen as criminals and stigmatised but those who pay for their services are not, is a ridiculous notion. The complexity of this issue cannot only be outlined in a few pages. Fundamentally, sex workers’ rights need to be recognised and protected in a way that will reduce their (and other women’s) vulnerability to exploitation and human trafficking.

Charlotte Sutherland is the Research Manager: Gender Issues in Africa, at Consultancy Africa Intelligence. The Augustl edition of the Gender Issues in Africa Newsletter is republished here with permission from Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI), a South African-based research and strategy firm with a focus on social, health, political, and economic happenings in Africa. For more information see or Alternatively, visit to take advantage of CAI’s free, no obligation, three-month trial to the company’s Standard Report Series.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What Youth THink About Trail of Hope

I posted a question on facebook so that my friends would express how they see Trail of Hope and here are the responses

Tendai Sean Joe in your mind,describe Trail of Hope as you understand it.If it was a person ,how old would it be?If it was music ,what type it would be?If it was a picture how would it look like? If it was a country,where would it be?Get creative and write what you think..............

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Walter Skwed Mabunda
Uplifting.. N if it a country its mos def south africa wit da Gods window view n da table möuntain in da oposite..

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Oama Nokatyana

21yrs, deep house, south africa, a beautfl pic lyk beyonce z!

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Alice Pfute

If it was a person: hard worker, inspire, motivated, driven by passion, big/good hearted and an achiever. If it was music i'd say, gospel/ soul music. Why? It touches lives and changes it 4 the better. It gives hope and undestanding to life. Opens one's eyes to view life 4rm a diff perspective view. It has a massage that it is preaching. If i was a pic: i'd say a pic that draw my attension, touch heart and uplift my soul. It would be in Africa.

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Marceline Mutikori

Marceline Mutikori
if it was a person it would be btwn 21-30,cos its prepared to take a risk ,full of life , inspiring, undetered and focused on the positives never dewels on the lil stumbling blocks, if it was a country it would be without borders as its open to all children regardless of their origin, i bet the views will be serel beyond anyone's imagination and finally music it would just bring joy, hope, determination,and peace to anyone who hears it.(P.D.R) PRIDE ,DETERMINATION,RESILIENCE!

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Portia Rahaba Gobuapelo

If it was a country i wud say SA, mpumalanga @ Godwindow,its peaceful,4eva green. If it was a person i wud paint a mother/women with her hands open coz she undastands pain, sorrow, she lovs unconditional, warm heart n her smile gves asurity n security. If it was music it wud say oprah, it cums 4 the soul and if it was u,i wud say determination,lov, loyalty,perseverance, honesty n integrity

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Vimbai Mazorodze
If it was a person:some1 with a very big heart,motivator,inspirer,up lifter n a very gud role bit of almost everything that has got a strong msg n inspirational,most importantly,something i can listen 2 n make me wanna c wat 2moro has 2 offer.picture:something that i cn luk at n say waal u reall came this far,it must have of lite n ful of anywhere in the world,bt mostly in africa(charity begins @ home)

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Tendai Sean Joe
this is powerftul!
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