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Projects Abroad Human Rights Office - Cape town - Monthly reports - November 2010

Bonnytoun – For the past month PAHRO has been continuing to formalise a partnership with Young in Prison, meeting multiple times in an attempt to develop a program. The children detained at Bonnytoun receive little information about their upcoming trials and this is an area that volunteers wish to focus on improving.

Sisters Incorporated and St' Anne's – The 'social networking map' has been developed by volunteers and introduced to the groups this month. It includes a number of useful contact numbers for the women, including housing and possible employment contacts details. It has been well received by the women who engage in the sessions well.

Peace by P.E.A.C.E – This project began again this month with volunteers carrying out the first few lessons with the children on conflict resolution.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme in Khayelitsha (Siyakhatala) – Volunteers have been working hard this month although they have been met with some frustrations. They have mapped out the procedure for home visits as well as working with Siyakhatala's own volunteers to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency whilst at the same time taking into account their resources.

Lavender Hill – The mobile clinic has seen some interesting cases throughout November which volunteers are working hard on to assist those who are in need.

Mock trial – The mock trials began this month in Khayelitsha and went well. The students were taken to a court house where they met with a prosecutor and were able to get a general idea of the whole process before they took part in the mock trial themselves at the end of the month.

Sports Day – PAHRO has been working hard to secure a location in which to hold a field/sports day for 150 children from Khayelitsha. The idea is to take the children away from their current environment for a day of fun activities. This will take place at the beginning of December.

Violent Crime Conference – PAHRO hosted its first conference this month dealing with the issue of 'Why crime is so violent is South Africa'. We were privileged to welcome various speakers, including the Provincial Minister for Community Safety, Mr Albert Fritz. In the build up to the conference, research was conducted in a number of townships within Cape Town to discover people's opinions of why crime is so violent. Feedback was interesting and showed that much work still needs to be done on this issue.

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