In February five Woza Moya vsitors ventured deep into the Ofafa Valley to spend 2 nights sleeping in the homes of five Woza Moya staff. This was a pilot study for a proposed volunteer program for volunteers to stay in the community. The fears that the staff members had regarding inadequacy, crime and discrimination were unfounded. The visitors felt very welcome and comfortable, although they saw first-hand some of the challenges facing this community. Not having electricity, water and sanitation was hard. After a full days work at Woza Moya, these women had to collect water, firewood, cook, clean, tend to the children, and do other household chores, for another few hours.

Volunteer Dr Karine Nohr from the UK joined the Woza Moya team in January 2016 to relieve Director, Sue, of some of her workload over the next six months.  We are truly blessed and privileged to have someone of Karine's caliber on board. Her qualifications, achievements and diverse working experiences are impressive and inspiring.  Karine's integrated and holostic approach towards community health and development is perfectly matched to our own.


Follow Karine's blog as she shares her day to day experiences.

Reflections on a short visit to Woza Moya

If ever there ’ s a test about how to extend oneself as far as possible outside your comfort zone, then the experience of being dressed up in a Santa Clause costume and dancing with the grandmothers at the Woza Moya Christmas Party will be a very hard one for me to beat.  

Every year in December the team comes together to reflect on the year gone by. Read here about our highlights and challenges  2014 TEAM REFLECTIONS 

Monash Students,  Danny Lichter from Melbourne and Benson Muvovori from Zimbabwe, spent 5 weeks at Woza Moya.  They reflect on their experiences at Woza Moya during January - February 2014.

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Monash Students, Timothy Chavarria from Melbourne and Matthew Ncube from Zimbabwe, spent 5 weeks at Woza Moya.

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They helped wherever needed, counting pills, wrapping calendars, working the gardens, teaching staff to drive, preparing, planning and implementing a dynamic youth intervention programme. Together with the Woza Moya Youth and Peace Corps volunteer, Ted, living in Mashakeni, Matt and Tim designed a peer education workshop around alcohol and substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol are a growing concern amongst young people in the community. Our young staff will be taking this programme to all 11 schools in the Ofafa Valley.
Matt and Tim, were perfect examples of volunteers, embracing any and every task assigned to them with enthusiasm and diligence. Siyabonga Bafana!

They reflect on their experiences at Woza Moya during January - February 2013.

Thanks to OXFAM Australia, World Water Day, was marked by a memorable Community Dialogue at Woza Moya.  People from all over the Ufafa Valley were bussed in for a lovely and productive day.

Woza Moya W.A.S.H. co-ordinator Alan Hofland and field worker Bheki Mchunu, presented the findings of their Survey.  This was followed by LIMA Consultants, Taziva Gomo and Nomthandazo Sibisi, giving feedback from their P.R.A done in Ufafa in December 2011.

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It is remarkable what Nkosi and Kristen managed to accomplish in their short 5 week stay with us.  Apart from the daily slog of preparing mid-morning snacks and a cooked lunch for the 40 little children in our Play School, they also created excellent new internal monthly report templates together with and for our three Play Therapists; Fiki, Thola and Ncami who within a few weeks had each produced their first own electronic report.  Kristen impressed us with her courage and driving skills, mastering the steep valleys and rough roads of Ofafa, whilst ferrying guardians and children.  She shared the 'Protective Behaviours Community Way' program which was well received.  Read about their time in their own words...

December is always a hectic but exciting month for us at Woza Moya.  We wrap up the year with a big annual spring-clean.  Everyone rolls up their sleeves, washes down buildings, inside and out, sorts through cupboards and shelves, cleans vehicles, equipment, agricultural tools, windows, outside pit latrines, repairs are done, gardens weeded, stock lists updated.  It is a fun but hard day's work.

We also come together to review the year gone by, discussing the Highlights, Challenges and Solutions. Read the Woza Moya Team's Reflections for 2011.

November began with an exciting 2 day OXFAM learning event, introducing a new area of work - water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).  Woza Moya has been chosen along with 5 other exising Oxfam partners to pilot this new program, in relation to Food Security, HIV and Child Protection.  The aim of the WASH program is to improve the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable, by increasing access to, and the effective use of, improved integrated and sustainable water supplies, and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.

Sophie Buchhorn (Tasmania) and Michelle Lukey (Melbourne), from Australia, were with Woza Moya for 5 weeks as part of this programme which aims to give students studying Community Development a practical learning experience.

Michelle and Sophie have added great value to the Woza Moya team by rolling up their sleeves and tackling any task given to them.  Their work ranged from editing our new Joomla website to rebuilding the chicken run! 

We were impressed by how they handled whatever came their way with equanimity and enthusiasm, in the true spirit of volunteerism!

These TEN YEARS that we have worked with the people of the Ofafa Valley Community, we dedicate to Mrs Grace Nomsebenzi Bekwa, a 75 year old woman - mother, grandmother, great grandmother - of exceptional strength and courage.

Gogo Bekwa's story warms our hearts, especially when we remember her situation some years back and consider the great changes that have occurred in her household and in the lives of her grandchildren. Hers is a story that exemplifies our holistic and integrated approach at Woza Moya. In this one household interventions from every one of Woza Moya's main programmes were needed - home-based care services, paralegal interventions, emergency relief food parcels, school support, food security and psychosocial support. Her story highlights the fact that issues cannot be dealt with in isolation; that peoples' lives - and therefore our responses to them - cannot be compartmentalised.  Particularly in the work we do, it would be a great mistake to assume that any one challenge could be dealt with in a linear fashion.