We met Xolisa Thiwani through a search for leaners who qualify for the Rural Education Access Programme. He was confused about what he wanted to study after Grade 12. In April 2018, Xolisa was part of the career guidance workshop in which he learnt about the requirements for courses. In June, he joined the youth programme at Nonkqubela CBO, Zitapile. Since then, Xolisa has been able to apply at the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and for NSFAS using the Matatiele office resources. We are proud of Xolisa and we wish him the best of luck ... See MoreSee Less
In response to the ongoing challenges as result of the HIV pandemic in rural SA, 41 women in ASAP-supported CBOs participated in training designed to help them improve their home visits, referrals of the sick and dealing with the stigma around the disease. The focus of the workshop, facilitated by Fikiswa Ngcobo, was ‘changing the language to challenge the stigma’. The women also discussed rape and Tuberculosis. It was enlightening for the group to unpack these topics relating to their everyday experiences, and to explore ways in which to bring their insights to their larger communities. ... See MoreSee Less
At the centre of our work are the women who have dedicated their lives to caring for the fragile flowers of this world. This August, ASAP celebrates all the rural women who spend every day empowering themselves to be greater agents of change in their villages.
“Wathint’ abafazi. Wathint’ imbokodo” which means 'You strike a woman, you strike a rock'.