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  • Ububele launches Ubuntu Bus in Alexandra

    More residents of Alexandra will have access to counseling and psycho-social services, thanks to a new bus initiative that moves around the township with psychologists, counselors and drama therapists. The Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust, based in nearby Kew, has provided mental health services for the past 15 years. However, to make these services more accessible, Ububele launched the Ubuntu Bus on 16 September to provide therapy, group work, counseling and support, for children under 7 and their caregivers. The bus sites include the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, which hosted the launch, 4th Avenue Clinic, the Women’s Hostel, Thoko Mngoma Clinic, Stjwetla, and various schools.

    "The Ubuntu Bus provides a vehicle for therapy that is traditionally restricted to the confines of the consulting room,” says Katharine Frost, Educational Psychologist and Ububele Deputy Executive Director. “The bus provides the community with access to therapy and integrates principles of psychotherapy into the community." The bus provides free psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational interventions to infants, children and adults in need of support and guidance. Programmes include a drama therapy group for foundation phase learners, individual drama therapy sessions for parents, parent-infant psychotherapy, parenting classes, support for caregivers working with orphans and young children, emotional literacy groups for young children, and a drama club for senior primary learners.

    Funding has been provided by the German government for three years, facilitated by terres des hommes, Germany. Thabisile Levin, educational psychologist and Ububele board member, cut the ribbon at the event attended by educators, social workers, funder representatives, community workers, media and partner NGOs such as Johannesburg Child Welfare, A Chance to Play and Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention & Training (ADAPT).