From humble beginnings in 2003, Mamelani is now a vibrant and well-established organisation. Our name is inspired by the isiXhosa phrase ‘masimamelaneni’ which means ‘we must listen to each other’ as we believe it is through listening deeply to each other that real transformation is possible.
At the heart of our work is the belief that change is made possible where relationships are strong. We work with individuals on their life path, from their perspective, at their pace, according to their priorities, building on their strengths and connecting them with resources and opportunities. Our work is participatory and experiential, providing opportunities to learn by doing and to learn from others’ experiences. We acknowledge that the only constant is change itself, and so in order for our work to remain relevant, we have incorporated reflective practices into how we work, so that we can adapt and respond to the ever changing context. Our programmes walk alongside people in ways that strengthen their resilience to meet the challenges that they are faced with and builds their confidence and capacity to take action towards their goals and aspirations.
Our Community Health Programme provides safe spaces for people to learn more about their health and explore what can be taken to improve their own health and the health and wellbeing of their families and communities.
Our Youth Development Programme provides learning opportunities and supportive relationships to young people who have grown up in Child and Youth Care Centres, and to the adults who work with them, so that they can make a smoother transition towards adulthood when they leave residential care.
Area of operation: Cape Town, South Africa
Legal structure: Registered Non-Profit Organisation
Registration date: 10 October 2003
Registration number: 028 695 NPO
PBO number: 930 012 708