IDSA donates to Ububele
Pictured (l-r) Mrs. Marie-Jeannette Butera (Rwanda), Mrs. Nino Lezhava (Georgia), Mrs. Edita Ilascikova (Slovakia), Mrs. Taraivosa Salacakau (Fiji), Mrs. Shanti Roseval (Suriname), Mrs. Hillary Hamburger (co-founder of Ububele), Mrs. Bevelyn Adeyemi Yusuf (Nigeria and President of IDSA), Mrs. Irina Petrakova (Russia), Mrs. Hannah Yilma (Trustee of Ububele) and Mrs. Susan Baker (Singapore).
On 24 April members of the International Diplomatic Spouses Association of South Africa (IDSA) visited Ububele to offer the organisation their continued support. IDSA has been supporting Ububele for a few years now according to Bevelyn Yusuf, President of IDSA and spouse to the Nigerian High Commissioner.
The Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust, which was established in 1999, is a mental health training institute based on the edge of Alexandra Township, a densely populated, largely impoverished settlement in the north of Johannesburg.
Ububele is a mental health training centre focusing on preventative strategies predominantly for children under the age of 7, their parents, families and other caregivers. In essence, Ububele brings psychology into disadvantaged communities whose mental health needs are not well provided for by the state. Its courses and on-the-job training focus on psychologists, social workers, social auxiliary and youth and childcare workers, as well as lay people working in childcare settings.
Ububele runs a therapeutic pre-school for 65 children from Alexandra and its surrounds. It also runs a free therapy and assessment clinic for members of the Alexandra community.
Since 2006, Ububele has also been a training site for Psychology Masters interns from the University of the Witwatersrand, who, as part of their university curriculum, must conduct 12 assessments under s (Slovakia)upervision during their internship.
The assessment clinic therefore has a dual function – it provides a necessary and accessible service to children with disabilities, their families and schools, as well as preparing young psychologists exiting the higher education system for their profession.
About the visit Yusuf said, "We had a very heart warming, successful visit to Ububele and will continue to support them going forward. A few years ago IDSA donated a playground play centre for the children, which they have made good use of to date. Yesterday during our visit we presented the Ububele centre with humidifying heaters (for winter) and portable fans (for summer) for use in the classrooms and training rooms. The building is an industrial space converted to serve as offices, training rooms and class rooms for the 65 kids schooling at the facility. As a result, in summer it becomes extremely hot and in winter extremely cold so the heating and cooling equipment was much needed.
Furthermore, Ububele offers other NGO's, lay people and professionals with psychotherapy training in-house as a form of self funding for their centre, and they were in dire need of additional presentation equipment. So, we also donated a much needed computer projector and portable projecting screen for use by the Ububele training facilitators."