(From the Ububele webpage -- http://www.ububele.org)
Ububele was established in 1999 by two clinical psychologists, Tony and Hillary Hamburger, each with over 30 years experience of practice, community involvement and training. They felt that the political struggle for freedom which had culminated in South Africa‘s new democracy now needed to continue as a psychologically empowering campaign. The rationale for its establishment is based on the recognition that there was, and still is a significant gap in the quantity and quality of counselling services in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. Believing that the best way to tackle this problem was to provide direct support and training to professional and lay counsellors working in such areas, the psychologists began working with lay counsellors in Alexandra Township, a suburb of Greater Johannesburg. They were able to identify the most urgent needs of the Alex community in terms of psychotherapy and began the process of designing a set of interventions tailored for the needs of existing professional and lay counsellors. Alex is ideally suited to serve as a ‘test’ community. Here problems are identified, programmes to address these developed and implemented, and the evaluated trainings then become available for dissemination throughout the region.