'Phaphama' is a Zulu word that means 'Awaken yourself'
The heart:
The Two Figures:
The ‘Nuclear Symbol’:
The Circle:
The Exclamation Mark:

Resolve your own conflicts as they arise

Who will benefit by attending:
Communities and people seeking to grow in the human awareness and skills that will enable them to find their place as active contributors to and beneficiaries of South Africa’s growing democracy.

It is our understanding and experience that a community’s ability to develop itself is fundamentally linked to the dynamics of human relationships in the community.

Communities, which may have a history of political or other violence, often lack the background and skills of participatory democracy and authentic leadership. Human relationships are fraught with tensions and conflict, a lack of trust and respect, and inter-generational and gender gaps, all of which form barriers that prevent people from working together effectively.

Phaphama Initiatives’ workshops, based on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) methodology, address these issues through a practical and experiential methodology that does not rely on lecturing and note-taking, and is great fun.

The experience of creating meaningful relationships with community members, during the training is very powerful. Participants are provided with a “safe space” in which to work together as a healthy community and positively address the often sensitive issues of their interpersonal and communal challenges and stresses, thus laying a sound foundation for further development work the community may wish to undertake.

A Basic Conflict Transformation workshop covers the following broad areas:

1. Affirmation
2. Communication
3. Co-operation and team building
4. Conflict transformation

Advanced and Training for Facilitators workshops are also available. These workshops provide an effective and sustainable model for the transfer of these skills to the broader community; initiated, implemented and evaluated by community members themselves under our long-term guidance.

Outcomes will include:
• Improving participants’ understanding of the interrelationship between communication, team work, conflict resolution, stress, and leadership.
• Raising awareness and understanding of the impact of improved communication.
• Developing participants’ skills in effective communication.
• Enhancing participants’ ability to resolve their own conflicts as they arise, thus preventing conflicts from becoming destructive or violent.
• Building relationships based on respect, trust and collaboration.
• Identifying entrenched community practices that may be perceived as discriminatory.
• Exploring the process of change and development in individuals and communities and its effect on the ability to work collaboratively.

Leadership team:
Carefully balanced teams of 3 or 4 facilitators with appropriate experience.

16 hours on two consecutive days.

Please contact us to discuss our range of payment options, including the possibility of joint fundraising.


Client quotes:

“Through the programme I learned communication with my family and friends that I never thought existed ..... I learned to trust again.”

“I feel great, empowered, developed and having the task of beginning with me applying alternatives to violence.”

“It is very good for people, it creates peace.”

“I felt very much valued and protected when I was hurting.”

“It builds my inner soul and makes me strong in my work, and also gives me peace inside.”

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