About Us

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.”

PHOLA was founded by Ncazelo Ncube- Mlilo a widely acclaimed Narrative Therapist and Psychosocial Specialist. She is driven by a passion to develop local and culturally appropriate psychosocial healing practices and methodologies.

PHOLA is a Nguni word meaning HEAL.

Ncazelo has worked extensively with children, youth, women and families and communities in the context of HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict. She greatly troubled by the increase of violent crimes committed by children in South Africa and severe incidences of bullying in schools that have sometimes resulted in deaths of learners as well as the increase of teenage pregnancies and violence against women and girls. Through research she found out that unresolved childhood trauma is a serious mental health risk for children and a source of violence.

She designed strategies to mitigate against this social scourge and hopes to contribute towards improving the psychosocial and mental health of children, and their families.

The children’s voices who attend the Annual Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament confirmed her concerns as they have continued to call for school and community based psychosocial and mental health services particularly in the remote areas hard to reach. Minister Bathabile Olive Dhlamini’s call for innovations (2015 Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament) to deal with children’s challenges gave birth to the concept of mobile psychosocial and trauma counselling services for children, women and families.

NPO Registration Number: 167-131 NPO