CCoH Faclitators Training, Mazenod June 2016

CCoH TRAINING Mazenod Retreat Center,    

 05-11June 2016

“I could not imagen that God can be so present at a training the way in the way He is here.”……..

 quotation by one of the participants

 CABSA in collaboration with the African Independent Churches has hosted a training of facilitators in Gauteng. This training was held at the Mazenod Catholic Retreat Centre. Mazenod have become a second home to CABSA as we’ve been making use of their facilitaties for some time. We are grateful to Brenda who coordinate the booking of the venue, she has a real servant heart and always goes out of her way to make the impossible possible for us.

We had five trainers who were really inspirational and influential, under the leadership of Tunde Fowe from Nigeria. He is on the far left in the photo below, next to him is Janine Ward from Gauteng, Rev Senamo(not part of the training team) Mini Moyo originally from Zimbabwe, Clive Swarts from the CABSA office in Cape Town and Sanah from Gauteng. We were supported for two days by Nonceba from the Guateng CABSA office and the CABSA Training Manager Aneleh.


 This training has been a significant one as we had our first collaboration with the African Independent Churches( AIC). In the photo we have Rev Sonamo in the center  who has been very instrumental in forging the relationship between CABSA and the AIC. We were further blessed to have had him attending the training.

The participants came predominantly from an area called Vosloorus in Gauteng and CABSA is glad to partner with these participants to effect change in their community. We have seen the deflection of focus from the pandemic in the media over time, but on grass roots level the outcry of people living with HIV has grown loader and loader, therefor we will remain focus as we are given the opportunity to serve as catalyst for the faith communities to understand the vulnerabilities of our brothers and sisters.


This group was diverse on so many levels, black and white, rich and poor, professionals and unemployed, retired people and others not even sure what they want to do with their lives. However as we can see from some of their statements, they speak with one voice, a voice geared for action on different levels………….

“This will add value in my professional capacity and I am more equipped to teach and lead my team.”

“Help others as I have been helped.”

“Will go and volunteer my time few hours to helping people understand the HIV epidemic.”

“Going to impart with community and friends.”

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