Zimele aims to provide healthcare services tailored for adolescent needs, coupled with strong educational support and social empowerment. Zimele will futhermore help adolescents (aged 10-24 years) come to terms with key life skills and equip them with the capacity to deal with puberty, impending adulthood and the use of education as a tool for success.

What we know so far?                                                                                       

  • Early adolescent pregnancy (<15ys) is also associated with increased risk of HIV infection, increased adverse pregnancy outcomes, and early secondary school drop-out (Christofides et al., 2014).
  • Young women are 4-6 times more likely to be HIV positive than their male counterparts (Ramjee et al., 2013; Idele et al., 2014).
  • Failure to remain in school is a strong predictor of adverse sexual health outcomes, with less educated women being at higher risk for HIV, early pregnancy and unemployment.

What needs to be done?

  • Creating safe spaces for adolescents to share their stories, fears and successes.
  • Create Adolescent friendly clinics
  • Empower young women and girls
  • Listen!

What are we currently doing?

  • Creating clinics to be more Adolescent friendly by placing Peer Navigators within the clinics to help Adolescents navigate the space much easier.
  • Implementing Rise Young Women’s Club in 45 High Schools in the Mitchells Plain/Klipfontein area.
  • Implementing Soul Buddyz Club Programme in 50 Primary Schools in the Mitchells Plain/Klipfontein area.
  • Along with the schools programmes, implementing Hands on Parenting for the parents of the learners in the SBC programme as well Teen Parenting which targets adolescent girls and boys (15 – 24).
  • Offering a 6 day residential workshops for boys and girls as part of Child Protection Services – for adolescent girls who have been victims of sexual abuse and for adolescent boys who are perpetrators of abuse/displaying sexually inappropriate behavior.

Women of Worth

The research component within Zimele. 10 000 women in the programme will be offered 12 empowerment sessions. We believe that an empowered woman can change her community and her future.

Most of all by helping one young woman, a reaction echo through the whole of South Africa, creating a safer, more productive environment for everyone.

In addition, if you live in the Mitchell’s Plain / Klipfontein area and between the ages of 19 – 24 years, please visist our FB page – Women of Worth (Desmond Tutu).

This is a space for Women of Worth to gather online, ask questions, talk about sessions and connect with each other across groups. Let’s chat!



The Men’s Dialogue

The Men’s Dialogue is a component of The Zimele Project targeting 600 men in four quarterly sessions from the Klipfontein/Mitchells Plain sub-district.

The two objective’s of Men’s Dialogue are:

  • To gather information around men’s perception of gender norms and healthcare services to inform future social and health interventions for men in these communities.
  • To make men aware of women’s roles in communities and to discourage intergenerational relationships.

Keep in touch with them on the FB page – The Men’s Dialogue

How you can participate

  • Mobilise within your community
  • Join an empowerment group – like Women of Worth or Rise Young Women’s Club
  • Make use of our services
  • Create dialogue with your peers & family members
  • Complete your education – put YOURSELF first
  • Like our social media platforms, to stay up to date with all our events, empowerment sessions (Women of Worth, Rise Clubs) etc
  • Donate to our Givengain page, click here

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Where to find us?

Main Office:

Hub 37 C, 3rd Floor, Philippi Village, 1 Cwangco Crescent, Philippi, Cape Town, 7781

Contact number: 021 100 3718

PowerHouse : Women of Worth

Unit 70, Container Walk, Philippi Village, 1 Cwangco Crescent, Philippi, Cape Town, 7781

Contact number: 021 100 3628