What We Do, In a Nutshell…

Mosito wa Afrika is a Non-Profit Organisation that develops, hosts and facilitates awareness and prevention programmes that address the most prevalent and serious of social problems that South African schools, companies, and communities face that include racism, gang violence, substance abuse, the abuse of women and children, among others.

Mosito custom designs programmes ranging from awareness programmes a few hours in duration to treatment programmes a few months in duration. We connect experts in various fields to fulfill the roles deemed necessary to achieve the programme’s objectives – which is always the alleviation of a given social problem.

MoŠito Has Two Primary Aims:

  • To structure and manage social-change workshops that…
    • Foster healing, understanding and empathy among particularly young people through guided conversation, communication, co-created solutions, having fun and growing together, and contributing our learnings to each other’s lives. Specifically targeted are the areas of culture, religion, race, and gender.
    • Address characterisations of people, cultures, races, religions and behaviours that have been identified as preventing unity, tolerance, healing, and understanding.
    • Give our youth hope for a future through musicianship training, career training and skills development, entrepreneurship training and opportunities, life coaching and psychological support.
  • To cultivate strategic partnerships with individuals, companies, and non-profit organisations who are able to contribute to these social upliftment projects in the form of skills, products, knowledge, finances, and/or volunteers.

Our unique approach has proven extremely effective.

Purpose-built activities are strategically incorporated to create receptivity to change, healing, changed paradigms, positive mindsets, a sense of purpose in users, and to develop skills.

1. Create a “Beautiful State” – Receptivity to Change

2. Strategic Conversations – Dealing with Dis-Empowering Beliefs

3. Deal With the Past

4. Create a Compelling Alternative – a Vision to Strive For

1. Creating a “Beautiful State” with the JAMbe

Brothers in Beat's JAMbe Drum

What is a JAMbe

The JAMbe is a drum based on the traditional African djembe drum. It was created as a central tool for Mosito’s initiatives. The JAMbe brings the joy of musicianship into the lives of those who might not otherwise have had access to a musical instrument.

The JAMbe was designed with kids in mind with the view to making the owning and learning of a musical instrument as accessible, simple and affordable as possible. Since rhythm and timing are central to most styles of music, the JAMbe is a fantastic first-time instrument to get youngsters hooked on musicianship.

It can be personalised with a company logo and colours, as can be seen from the JAMbe pictured above. As part of Mosito’s workshops, children personalise their JAMbe drum on the white body part of the drum.

For our One-Day Awareness Workshops, Mosito uses the JAMbe Drum for interactive drumming and music making sessions as a core tool to get participants into the optimal frame of mind. Drumming together interrupts habitual patterns of physiology, language, and focus which allows participants to be present in the current moment – not thinking about past pain or future worries. Hearts and minds become receptive to the new ideas and perspectives which are presented later on in the workshop. This drumming and musical experience is called Rock Star Interactive Drumming.

For our 12-Week Programmes, the JAMbe Drum is used for the same reasons as stated above, but we also use it to teach a jump-start musicianship course. The participants get to personalise and keep their drums forever, allowing them to continue developing and practicing long after the 12 week course is over.

The National Eisteddfod Academy

The National Eisteddfod Academy was established in 1997 as an arts development platform for young and young at heart performers. The NEA was created in the belief that access to, participation in and enjoyment of the arts and cultural expression are basic human rights. The arts, therefore, have a vital role to play in nation building and people’s well-being.

Mosito has partnered with the National Eisteddfod Academy and they will soon be adding ‘JAMbe’ to the their list of performance categories. Participants in the musicianship training course spend the final 3 weeks preparing a JAMbe drumming performance item to present at the Eisteddfod.

Why Musicianship?

Developing musicianship among children gives them a skill that they can be proud of, boosts their self-esteem, gives them something positive to put their energy and passion behind, and gives them a sense of identity and belonging.

In fact the benefits are more numerous than anyone ever imagined, and now those benefits to children have been scientifically proven as beautifully described in the first video below (highly recommended)…


TEDx Talk – The Secret Benefits of Music Education

School Principal’s View On Musicicanship Training


What Kids Think the Value of Music Education is

School Principal’s View on Music Education

2. Address False Beliefs and Co-Create Solutions

Strategic Conversation sessions address false beliefs or myths at the root of the social problem being targeted. For example, when enough people have false beliefs about a race, it will eventually manifest negatively in society. Or when youth falsely believe that being in a gang makes them cool or safe, this will obviously have predictable consequences.

These dis-empowering beliefs are addressed and dispelled by asking poignant questions and revealing anthropological facts that paint a new picture of the past. This changes the way we behave in the present and view the future.

The co-created solutions that come out of these sessions leave participants with a there-is-a-solution mentality and, vitally, gives participants a sense of ownership in the solutions. They don’t have to be sold on it because they created it.

Interactive participation is a major contributor to a favourable result. Interactivity and participation has been shown to be more effective and results in better outcomes than a static classroom setting. Especially effective is role-playing and co-creating answers through discussion groups.

The Goals of Strategic Conversation

– To dispel disempowering myths about the history of South Africa

– To dispel the myths of alcoholism and drug abuse amongst users

– To change negative beliefs related to race, culture, society, political systems, organisations, movements, and ideologies

– To form a new identity for participants where they can appreciate one another and the opportunities for personal and communal progress

– To enable and empower users to co-create their spaces

– To help users form a new identity free from the old identity brought about by colonialism and Apartheid

– To foster patriotism within all races

– To show the interdependence of our social network. The current situation is not isolated from the roots of our country.

– To form a conscious understanding of South Africa’s environment, acknowledging the challenges and truths objectively.

– To enable the ability to imagine a better self, family, community and South Africa through active participation towards a better state.

– To build the new empowering reality in individuals, families, and communities.

Here are recent interviews with Mosito co-founder Lebo Rapetswa discussing social problems where we may get involved…

SABC Interview 1 – School Gang Violence

SABC Interview 2 – Gender Equality

3. Deal With the Past

Psycho-Social Support

Psychology, from the Greek language, basically means ‘Soul Logic’. How cool is that!? It is so valuable that even psychologists go see psychologists. Some people chat to a psychologist on a regular basis regardless of whether or not something is bothering them. It is of limitless value and has a very real impact on behaviour, therefore actions, therefore quality of life.

For workshops and programmes that deal with substance abuse, sexual, mental, or physical abuse, or in cases where criminality is an element, psycho-social support is the third pillar. In the case of substance abuse, psychological and social factors can be dominant triggers that lead to using or relapsing.

How It Works

We use psychological therapy sessions to remove debris from the past in order to clear a path for the future. Therapy helps people feel and function better. The therapy group sessions help to increase insight and self-awareness by getting to the root of common problems and pain and dealing with the causes.

Issues of substance abuse, relationship hurts, trauma, and grief are discussed in group sessions. In individual cases where it is deemed necessary certain individuals may require one-on-one sessions and we arrange this as well.

In group sessions, users are gently led to…
– Share their pain

– Make a decision to let go of the past

– Take responsibility where appropriate

– Reject a victim mentality

– Forgive others and/or themselves

How It Helps Us Achieve Our Objectives

– Group therapy helps individuals in the group to identify with others and feel less isolated in their problems.

– Users realise that they are not alone in their struggle.

– Users give and receiving support from others in the group. Receiving support from others creates bonding between individuals in the group. Giving support to others gives users a sense of growth and learning, both of which are a key to experiencing a sense of fulfillment in one’s life and feeling positive about the future.

– Therapy teaches users how to relate to others in social situations.

– It is a place to practice certain skills such as sticking up for yourself, being confident and being courageous.

– In the group users learn from the shared experiences of others.

– Group therapy develops communication and socialisation skills and allows users to express their issues and accept constructive criticism from others.

– Sharing one’s experiences with others with similar problems is often in itself therapeutic.

– Because all the attention isn’t focused on one individual, group therapy provides a sense of security for those who may otherwise be hesitant to talk openly about their feelings, perceived weaknesses, etc.

– Individuals can copy the successes of others who have gone through similar experiences.

4. Create a Compelling Alternative – a Vision to Strive For

We believe in living life on purpose and not by accident – rejecting a victim mentality EVEN IF you’ve genuinely been a victim, sculpting your life intentionally and strategically rather than taking a wait-and-see approach.

In programmes that involve skills development – for example the musicianship programme or the medical career simulation camps – the actual learning of a skill provides an alternative future in the minds of participants. This is then strategically knitted together with a specific vision and associated goals for its achievement.

We do this through life-coaching.

Life Coaching

While therapy works by healing the past, life coaching focuses on the present and the future. Life coaching doesn’t focus on healing but rather on reaching our full potential. Coaching works to develop people’s mindsets and attitudes. Dis-empowering beliefs are dealt with and the group together come up with answers to common obstacles.

The coach, by asking the right questions, leads participants to discover the right answers and perhaps more importantly, that these answers were inside them all along.

Life coaching helps people discover their dreams and set goals for their attainment. Mental and emotional skills for dealing with obstacles are developed. Life coaching emphasises accountability, thereby creating an environment where users take action on materials covered where they might not have done so on their own.

How It Helps Us Achieve Our Objectives

– It gives users a fresh perspective on their personal challenges.

– It improves their inner decision making process.

– They develop greater inter-personal effectiveness.

– They experience greater levels of confidence.

– They are more productive in life.

– They are more satisfied with their personal and school/work life.

– They achieve their goals more readily and easily.

Results

The International Coach Federation did a survey about the value and use of coaching revealed the following findings:

– 67.6% higher level of self-awareness

– 62.4% smarter goal-setting

– 60.5% more balanced life

– 57.1% lower stress levels

– 52.4% more self-confidence

– 43.3% improvement in quality of life

– 39.5% enhanced communication skills

– 33.8% health or fitness improvement

– 33.3% better work relationships

– 33.3% better family relationships

Importantly, over a quarter of all life-coached individuals reported that their life coach helped them stop a negative habit.

Please Contribute to Our Work

We do the majority of our work in low-income areas and areas where we have identified the greatest need. As such, we humbly ask those who are able to contribute to assist in funding programmes in these areas.

As an NPO/PBO we are able to issue a tax deductible contribution certificate to our financial supporters for tax purposes.

To learn more about that please click here.

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