Building up communities by investing in youth
Phakama Projects in Africa
Making an impact in three countries
This is where Biblica launched Reach4Life in 2004, and with the longest history, it has the highest number of participants in the program. Work is taking place in seven of the country's nine provinces - Gauteng (Johannesburg area), KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Free State. The Reach4Life program is taught in the larger cities such as Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, and also in rural villages. The program director, Thandeka Mavundla-Nzama, is based in Johannesburg.
Reach4Life was introduced in Swaziland in 2016. The Swazi team traveled to South Africa for training (requiring eight taxis) and once home, they trained others to take Reach4Life into the villages. The Department of Health has given approval for the program to be taught in clinics. Doors are wide open there and we are excited about what has been accomplished in just two years, with over 34,000 participants in the program there.
The Swazi team introduced Reach4Life across the nearby border into Mozambique, and young adults have now been trained to teach Reach4Life there. Portuguese is the main language, and Biblica has said they are in the process of making a Portuguese translation of the Reach4Life Bible, which they hope will be done in the next year or two. In the meantime, the Mozambican team is carrying out the program using the English version that is currently available.
Phakama Africa Community Projects
Phakama Projects service locations in Africa
After twelve years of working in the community, including AIDS counseling and ministry in schools and churches, Thandeka Mavundla-Nzama has seen many people and communities whose needs have not been met. Phakama Africa Community Projects was established in 2014 with the expanded vision of reaching and enriching the lives of all members of African communities. Please listen to Thandeka's message in the video at the left (click the YouTube icon to view larger).
Phakama Africa Community Projects empowers, transforms and equips individuals and communities to reach their fullest potential. Our focus is to influence individuals, thereby enriching the community and ultimately impacting Africa.
My name is Sabelo. I'm 16 and in grade 10. The Reach4Life lunch break groups are becoming popular in our school. We get to talk about anything, God, family issues, sex, dating and all. I never saw sex in God's point of view. I just thought sleeping around is cool, TV stars are doing it all the time. But in our group we discussed sex as created by God; therefore I need to abide with God's rules for sex if I really want the best benefits of this gift. So I have decided to stop fooling around and wait. I'm confident about my decision because I am surrounded by other young people who have decided to wait. Thank you Reach4Life for coming to my school, our break times are exciting and our lives will never be the same.
IMAGES OF AFRICA