Sinomlando trains staff and volunteers of various community organisations dealing with orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in the methodology of memory boxes. The training is coordinated by Programme Manager Nokhaya Makiwane (photo) and has several components:
To introduce the method to a commu-nity expressing interest, an Awareness Workshop of approximately half a day is facilitated.
Subsequently staff and volunteers of the local organisations are invited to take part in a 4-Day Training during which they learn basic bereavement counselling skills before being introduced to the methodology of the memory boxes. At a later stage, the memory facilitators assist trainees in conducting family visits and show them how to facilitate children's camps.
In addition, the Memory Box Programme runs an extensive course in memory work for selected volunteers and community workers, called Capacity Building Programme. Between 2008 and 2011 this was done with funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in partnership with CERI, a welfare agency from San Antonio, Texas.
Since 2006 the Sinomlando Centre also organises Exposure Programmes for community workers from other African countries who want to receive training in memory work and psychosocial support to orphans and vulnerable children.
In the context of its various training activities Sinomlando has developed two manuals: one for the training of memory facilitators and another for the facilitation of children's camps.