Our Story Your Story in 2015!

Our Story Your Story in 2015 and beyond!

We are excited to be expanding Our Story Your Story in 2015 thanks to the sponsorship of the Rand Merchant Bank Fund.

This ambitious project aims to bring the process and its benefits to a wider group of participants and a larger audience. This expansion will take place over three years in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Kwa-Zulu Natal Provinces. We took the leap this year in the Western Cape.

With the goal of expanding the reach of the project, in March 2015 we trained nearly 20 facilitators from organisations across Cape Town. Partner organisations included Mamalani Projects, Salesian Life Choices, the KwaFuku Vulindlela Reading Club/Nal’ibali, Zip-Zap Circus School, and the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. 

Partnering with Salesian Life Choices’ Leaders’ Quest program, we facilitated the workshop process with 120 Grade 11 learners with outstanding results.

In May, we trained all of Ikamva Labantu’s Senior Club coordnators in the OSYS process so that it could be implemented as a continuous programme throughout their elder care system.

In June and July, we are working with elders at Ikamva Labantu’s Masiphumelele Senior Club in Philippi and youth from the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator Feet on the Street team, with the intention of connecting the youth and seniors across generational and community lines.

We are also offering an extension to the youth participants following the conclusion of the programme, whereby they will be given the opportunity to improve their presentation and comfort with the “Harambee Story”.

For the remainder of the programme year (to end November 2015), we will be working with educators in schools throughout the Cape Town Metro Area.

Through training, process, and performance, we plan to reach over 4000 beneficiaries in 2015!

What’s Next:

In 2016 and 2017, we will build the same structures and partnerships with organisations and schools in the Eastern Cape and KZN. By training facilitators in other organisations, we enable those organisations to run the OSYS Process on their own, using the skills gained during trainings, and the Facilitator Manual developed by the OSYS team.

This Facilitator Manual not only contains the programming and activities that take participants through the process, but also includes documentation and feedback forms for use by facilitators and for collection by CWBSA for monitoring and evaluation purposes. 

“Last time I stood in front of people was school. It was challenging. But now every day I think of a story.” – Namonde, intergenerational senior participant 2014

For more information on how to have OUR STORY YOUR STORY come to your community, contact us at info@cwbsa.org or 031 368 1912.

Please support this project by making a donation today!