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Dec 9, 2019

Closing down the TRE GlobalGiving project

In 2018 and 2019 we trained 25 TRE community facilitators, men and women, who right now are out in the field, in clinics, in villages, and on farms providing stress and trauma relief for their co-workers and victims of violence and abuse.

We would like to express our great appreciation to those who of you who have so generously supported this project through GlobalGiving. You have funded about 10% of all our costs of training these 25 TRE facilitators. Thank you!

As we focus on the next stage in bringing trauma relief to workers in our area, which is to support the facilitators in implementing TRE as widely as possible, to supervise their continued personal development and to keep them up to date with new research in trauma relief, we are closing down the funding efforts via GlobalGiving. The success of the original project far exceeded our expectations, however, the GlobalGiving funding response was not able to match that.

So, with a big thank you, we move into the next phase of spreading TRE to the communities with the help of local supporters and donations.

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Dec 2, 2019

First Impact

The team

We've gone a long way since the sanitary pads project started almost a year ago. After many ups and downs, our team is now fully operational, and we are currently looking to add 2 to 3 more seamstresses to increase our production capacity.

 

Partnership and training

 Our relationship with Dignity Dream strengthen after their visit at Hlokomela in September. They not only provided specific training towards manufacturing processes, hygiene compliance and best practice to our seamstresses, but also general training to our nurses and outreach teams on awareness, menstruation cycle, culture and behaviors change.

 

Production and distribution

After many drafts, prototypes, testing and feedback sessions, we've designed a version 1 of the pads that we are very proud of! Our main focus was confort for young girls and women who will use our pads. A massive team efforts during the last months on improving design, quality and longevity paid off. It allowed our production of high quality pads to reach above 2000 pads.

Our next focus is twofold:

- Streamline and increase our production capacity by employing and training new local staffs.

- Push our distribution efforts through our clinics, outreach, and school partnerships.

We've received some amazing feedbacks and supports from our local community and it is such a blessing to see the impact on our seamstress moral already.

 

The future

Thanks to the Global giving community, local and international donors, partners and all the people involved in the project, we can tell with confidence that the Sanitary Pads project is here to stay.

We are fighting everyday to increase our impact and support more young girls and womens just to be women, with dignity. We still have a long way to go, lots of battles to win, but we start to believe it's not impossible with your support.

Oct 31, 2019

Graduation time for TRE facilitators

Graduation as TRE Facilitators
Graduation as TRE Facilitators

The pilot training course last year was such a resounding success that this year another 7-month course was held and a total of 14 Hlokomela participants proudly graduated on 27 September 2019 as TRE facilitators.

One of the ways Hlokomela provides health care, social change and life skills programmes to farmworkers, migrants, lodge workers and sex workers in the greater Hoedspruit area, is through community-based peer educators. It is 14 of these peer educators, also known as Nompilos, who have been trained as TRE facilitators with the funding support from you, our GlobalGiving family.

Nompilos are exposed to the difficulties, stress, trauma and hardship prevalent in their communities and often have symptoms such as anxiety, sleep problems and headaches. To counter this Hlokomela started to offer them TRE (Tension Releasing Exercises) in its main clinic 4 years ago. The subjective improvements in mental and physical health were so remarkable that we decided to train Nompilos to be TRE community facilitators who could facilitate and teach this accessible self-help method of stress and trauma reduction in their communities.

Who benefited?

During this reporting period of July to September, 95 people were facilitated in TRE sessions, of which 5 people attended one-on-one sessions. This number includes a group of game lodge workers that were traumatised after one of their colleagues died due to a snake bite.

Thank you!

As always, we are very grateful to our sponsors: GlobalGiving, local businesses and private donors. Without their financial support, this TRE training would not be possible. We depend on it to continue to support our communities and have TRE spread in rural areas, offering the population some relief from the psychological and physical effects of their often extremely difficult life circumstances.

What’s next?

Hlokomela will spend 2020 consolidating the graduates’ learning and implementing TRE in the field in the most effective way.

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