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Story telling is an age-old way of preserving history



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.


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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Be the reason someone smiles today

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.

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