Community Engagement and Empowerment

Community engagement

CEEP assist LGBTI’s to initiate safe spaces in their communities. These safe spaces are space for the LGBTI group to come together share their pains, frustration, joys and endeavors. This is also a space to learn and grow as an individual person.

Groups are encouraged to be part of any forums, networks, and social mobilization I their communities in order to have their voices heard. They are also encouraged to take up positions in their communities to give LGBTI’s a stronger voice in the communities.

Community empowerment

CEEP has programmes that are conducted to develop the individual holistically. These programmes may vary depending on the need of the group but there are those that are core. The following are the core programmes:

  • Personal development
  • Political Education/ Human rights
  • Gender based violence
  • Health issues and Health rights
  • Organisational development

We have different programmes where we sensitise the community on issues related to LGBTI’s. This is done by presenting at some schools, churches, community forums etc.

We also have programmes that are specifically geared towards Women Sleeping with Women (WSW) and Men Sleeping with Men (MSM)

There are two staff members that work in CEEP; there is a lot of collaboration and sharing of work amongst other programmes with in Triangle

Mabhuti Mkangeli: Fieldworker

Sindiswa Thafeni: CEEP manager

Community Engagement & Empowerment Programme (CEEP)

CEEP is focused on:

  • Initiating and servicing of safe spaces for LGBTI people
  •  Initiating and mentoring LGBTI Support Groups and Community-Based Organisations
  • Education and Training for LGBTI groups within the four focus areas of the organisation
  • Supporting LGBTI groups to extend their networks
  • Building community activism and advocacy through encouraging self-reliance and self-determination
  • Creating spaces, initiating and co-ordinating activities for LGBTI expression

CEEP currently has 13 safe space stretched around the Peninsula and the West Coast. Two of the safe space are registered Community Based Organisation and there is another two which is in the processes of registering their group. The groups are as follows:

Urban

  • Nyanga:                   Ses’khona
  • Strand:                     Siyasebenza
  • Lower:                       Xroads; Sinethemba (registered CBO)
  • Paarl:                        Zonwabele (registered CBO)
  • Kayamnandi:      Silubala
  • Driftsands:            Sikhumbule
  • Site B men’s group

West Coast

  • Eilandsbay
  • Vredendaal
  • Citrusdaal
  • Vredenburg
  • St’ Helena bay
  • Picketburg
  • Mamelsbury

These groups are mixed – some have more females than males and some have more males than females.