We are a group of South Africans organised through Imbewu Community Dialogue, a grassroots community organisation. Imbewu is based at Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal, and was established in November 2014.
Its aim is to work with communities who have been previously disadvantaged by the apartheid system.
Imbewu's work has involved facilitating dialogues, workshops, community action and providing training opportunities for youth, as well as working in partnership with other local community groups.
Twenty members of Imbewu have been awarded a scholarship to take part in a Global Dialogue and Training organised by the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (IAPOP) which is organising a six day forums and workshops in Vancouver, Canada in May 2020.
We are currently fundraising to cover the costs of accommodation, flight tickets and other expenses such as food. The scholarship that we have been awarded will cover the registration fees.
Our participation in Vancouver will give us the opportunity to learn from the experience of other community groups like ours, from all around the world.
We will develop our skills, knowledge and understanding on how to work with our communities.
This includes subjects such as:
1. Social cohesion
2. Capacity building
3. Women's rights and Youth Empowerment
4. Leadership and peacebuilding.
5. Training for Transformation
On our return, the experience that we have gained in Vancouver will enable us to work more effectively on these issues, campaigning in our communities.
In this campaigning will seek to identify the strengths and resilience in our communities so as to develop people's own self-reliance.