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Who is Sinani

Sinani is a Nguni (in IsiZulu) word which means “we are with you”. We started  our life as an organisation back in July 1994 and were registered as KwaZulu-Natal Programme for Survivors of Violence (PSV). We are also celebrating 20 years of our existence the same year as South Africa celebrates 20 years of Democracy. The enabling environment ushered in by the democratic rule enabled Sinani to work under 'better' conditions compared to how civil society operated prior to SA's democratic government.

Our work since inception have also ensured that Sinani contributes to the foundations of democracy by ensuring that there was greater peace and co-existence in communities where violence was a predominant way of dealing with political, inter-group and even domestic differences.

 Working with victims and perpetrators of violence has been part of our work since the organisation's foundation. Through our strong group-based facilitation process, we have strengthened communities' abilities to handle conflicts peacefully, to mitigate negative outcomes of AIDS deaths and preventing the spread of HIV. More communities have started their own community based organisations (CBOs) who are dealing with the ever increasing levels of poverty.

Sinani celebrates 20 years with pride because communities where we worked in the last 20 years are in a better place compared to when we intervened but we still have a long way to go!

 

Message wall - Sinani is 20!

 

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Message from the current Board Chairperson                                                 

 

 

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“These experiences were not meant to break us. They were given to us in order that we might be strengthened. It is the same boiling water that hardens an egg and softens a carrot.”- Sinani participant
“ The peace that we have experienced here today is remarkable. If only Sinani could have been here two decades ago – think of all the lives that could have been saved.”- Leadership forum member
“I wish to die here at the Sinani offices – the way people care for you when you are not feeling well.”- Person living with Aids
“We will no longer be known as the Beirut of Durban, thanks to Sinani.”- Leadership forum member
“I live next to an area where many people were killed. Every night I was woken by the voices and screams of those people. But the day after the ceremony the voices were quiet and have been at rest every since.” - Leadership forum member
“I wish to die here at the Sinani offices – the way people care for you when you are not feeling well.”- Leadership forum member
“I live next to an area where a lot of people were killed. I used to wake up hearing voices outside, but when I went out there was no-one. The day after the cleansing ceremony it was quiet and I have not heard the voices anymore.” - Richmond community member

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