Since 2008, The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has been conducting Community Conversations on HIV/AIDS using Community Capacity Enhancement.
These community conversations have been held in 11 communities within all the nine provinces of South Africa until 2011.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), called on experienced non-governmental organisations capable of implementing community dialogues in all South African provinces to submit Expressions of Interest.
In 2011 Drama for life in partnership with Themba Interactive was awarded the contract with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to train two staff members, Bhekilizwe Ndlovu and Cherae Halley (both DFL alumni) in Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE).
The contract consisted of training as well funding to use this method for HIV/AIDS education through community dialogues in 2012.
The specific provinces namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape were selected as areas of focus by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The contract includes the training of six facilitators in this method, both local community members as well as Themba Interactive staff members to then further implement the community dialogues within the communities selected.
DFL chose to work in Limpopo, former Mpumalanga region: the Mountse East Villages, to be more specific Elandsdoorn as Drama for life has a relationship with Ndlovu Care Group.
In 2012 and 2013 DFL and Themba Interactive conducted dialogues using the CCE method within small pockets of community groups in this area with the aim to build capacity amongst community members as part of education and support within the HIV/AIDS parameters. In September 2013 the community dialogues climaxed in the DFL Moutse East Festival which will return for the 2014 season.
Spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Community Enhancement Project: Cherae Halley, 083 432 5931, firstname.lastname@example.org.