Partnership with CERI

In April 2008 "Child Emergency Relief International" (CERI), a welfare agency based in San Antonio, Texas, received a grant of nearly two million US dollars from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This money is used for the scaling up of memory work in six South African provinces over a period of three years. Sinomlando, as CERI's sub-grantee, has the responsibility of all operations in South Africa. The grant itself is managed by USAID.


The programme consisted in training "memory trainers" in six provinces (Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Free State and North West) in memory work and psychosocial support to orphans. Each trainee came to Pietermaritzburg for a four-week training session followed by supervised fieldwork in his/her area and a two-week revision and evaluation session in Pietermaritzburg. By the end of the programme in February 2011 a total of 149"memory trainers" belonging to 87 organisations were trained in memory work. Nearly all received a "certificate of competence" from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

As part of their training each trainee had to run a workshop for community workers and volunteers in his/her area.In this way 2548 "memory facilitators" were trained. Thousands of households visited by these "memory faciitators" were thus introduced to the memory-box methodology.