Helping young people find hope
and meaning in life

Changing lives


Where generations meet
and futures are created

Story telling is an age-old way of preserving history


Help open young people's eyes to possibility –
by teaching them life skills and coping strategies
aimed at developing healthy attitudes

Inspiring youth


Through intergenerational dialogue, meaning making and validation of feelings, people with forgotten, silenced or traumatised memories retrieve their history and develop resilience.


Jabu can hardly remember what his mother was like before she got sick. The little boy’s earliest memories are of his mother lying in bed, too weak to even lift her head from the pillow … the community caregiver coming every second day to wash away the stench of sickness and prepare meals her mother couldn’t eat … neighbours shaking their heads and speaking in whispers.

And then, one day, his mom lying still and cold … being taken away … and never coming back.

In the community where Jabu lives, HIV/AIDS is rife. Many children have experienced the trauma of watching parents get sick and die. And many don’t understand what has happened. Because, as adults, we tend to want to ‘protect’ young children from the painful reality, by hiding the truth from them. We say things like, “Mommy has gone to heaven” – leaving children wondering why she went away and when she is coming back.

At Sinomlando, we believe that an honest and compassionate conversation about sickness and death is beneficial to children. They need to know what happened in their family before they can move on through the grieving process towards acceptance. If children know the history of their parents, they are better able to overcome the pain of loss, and take comfort from the memories they hold within themselves.

We show children how to create a “memory box”, which contains their parents’ story, a family tree, and various meaningful objects such as photographs, certificates and small personal possessions or items of clothing that remind them of their lost loved ones.



Why do I have to live with something that I didn’t ask for?

Despite huge strides forward in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, being diagnosed with the condition is still a massive shock, especially for young people. Our Friday group sessions offer a safe space for HIV+ youth, drug addicts and homeless young people to share their fears, questions and experiences with others in the same situation.

Please watch this video to see how Sinomlando helps these young people come to terms with their situation and find new hope for the future.


Memory Work

Health & Well-being

Health & Well-being

We work with local clinics to give psycho-social support to youths living with HIV.

After School Programme

After School Programme

Psychosocial and academic support for young people who are susceptible to, or already involved in, drug abuse and other behavioural problems.

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders

Young people with leadership potential are taught life and leadership skills, how to work as a team, problem solving, communication, events management, negotiation and report writing.


Responsive Parenting

Often parents themselves have their own emotional baggage and benefit greatly from our psychosocial support. Without it, they may be unable to understand or support their children and grandchildren.

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Your gift of any amount will help vulnerable people living with adversity to gain the insight and skills they need to overcome their circumstances and build happy and successful futures for themselves.


Share your special skills and talents

Do you have teaching, counselling, nursing, sewing or any other skills that could be transferred to people who are eager to better themselves? Or are you willing to help out with admin tasks or transport? Talk to us about volunteering and help make a difference.


Partner with us

Sinomlando works with local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs) and state institutions to provide training workshops and ongoing mentoring. Together we are stronger!


Wealth of knowledge

Our research began at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in 1994. Over the past two decades, numeous books and papers have been published, many written or co-written by Sinomlando Centre’s Research Director, Prof Philippe Denis.