The Scalabrini Centre has a team of 26 people and the revolving help of about 40 volunteers.
Meet our people.
Scalabrini Centre People
Miranda Madikane
Director
Scalabrini Centre
mmadikane@scalabrini.org.za
Miranda Madikane
Miranda Madikane is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a BA in English and Drama. As a young graduate she worked as a stage manager at most of the big theatres in Cape Town eventually co-founding the theatre company Third World Bunfight and leading it as production manager. After the birth of her first daughter she worked part-time as the Communications Officer for Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and part-time for Scalabrini Centre as Development Manager. She took over the Directorship of Scalabrini Centre in 2007 and has led the organisation since.
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Asha Uwamahoro
Receptionist
Scalabrini Centre
asha@scalabrini.org.za
Asha Uwamahoro
Asha Uwamahoro was born in Rwanda and grew up in Kenya. She matriculated from Rhodes High School in South Africa and went on to work as an Educator at Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa. Asha then moved to Mozambique where she worked as a self-employed business woman. After her return to South Africa she completed a counselling course with FAMSA. She is fluent in a number of African languages including Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Portuguese and English. Asha first joined the Scalabrini Centre in 2015, first as an EAP client, and then as a volunteer, teaching basic literacy to English School students as part of the Read and Write Programme. Asha joined the Scalabrini Staff as our Receptionist in Apri 2015l, and is happy to be working with people from all over the world.
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Kaelynn Macdonald
Volunteer and Communications Manager
Scalabrini Centre
kmacdonald@scalabrini.org.za
Kaelynn Macdonald
Kaelynn was born in Johannesburg, and later relocated to Perth, Western Australia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations and Global Development from Murdoch University and went on to work in various roles for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It was here that she undertook further graduate studies in Human Rights and realised her desire to work in a non-profit setting with a focus on refugee and migrant communities. Kaelynn first joined the Scalabrini Centre in August 2014 as an Employment Access Programme Intern, after which she assumed the role of Intern and Communications Manager at the centre.
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Emma Carone
Women's Platform Manager
Scalabrini Centre
emma@scalabrini.org.za
Emma Carone
Emma first joined the Scalabrini Centre in 2011 as an intern to the English School and has since worked with several different programmes, including managing the Scalabrini Guest House. Over the past 5 years Emma has been living between South Africa and America, and rejoined the Scalabrini Centre in late 2014 to help develop the Women’s Platform; a program that now supports African women from across nationalities to create a space for empowerment, skills sharing and personal and financial growth.
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Kirsty Rice
Assistant Women's Platform Manager
Scalabrini Centre
krice@scalabrini.org.za
Kirsty Rice
Kirsty holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Scalabrini, Kirsty worked in adult education design and development, as well as volunteering for different organisations based in Cape Town. Kirsty has been associated with the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, Lifeline Western Cape, SHAWCO Education and the Transnet Phelophepa Foundation. She joins the Women’s Platform to assist in the development of a participatory network which aims to foster personal development, mastery and resilience.
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Kimberly Brennan
Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
kimberly@scalabrini.org.za
Kimberly Brennan
Kimberly Brennan was born in Vietnam and raised in the United States, Kimberly Brennan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. After working as Managing Director at a creative services firm in San Francisco, Kimberly switched gears and moved to Vietnam where she spearheaded several fundraising events for Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC), an NGO committed to eliminating poverty through education. After serving as Head of Development for SCC, Kimberly relocated to South Africa where she began to volunteer with a variety of not-for-profit organisations in the Cape Town area. Her volunteer work with Lawrence House led her to her current post as Employment Access Programme manager, with a focus on the Employment Information Desk.
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Lylah Monroe
Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
lylah@scalabrini.org.za
Lylah Monroe
Lylah Monroe left her home in Washington D.C. to receive her B.A in International Relations (with a concentration in African Politics) from the American University of Rome. During her 5 year stay in Italy she travelled to Kosovo and Ghana for intensive studies on political instability and conflict resolution. It was when she visited the Buduburam Liberian Refugee camp outside of Accra that she realized her passion to assist those in the refugee and migrant communities. Lylah arrived in Cape Town in 2011 and began volunteering at Lawrence House. Lylah was previously employed as a Sales Executive and Corporate Social Investment Coordinator for a travel company in Cape Town. She joined Scalabrini in August 2013 and is excited to begin her journey with such a devoted team.
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Ever-merry Chipise
Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
evermerry@scalabrini.org.za
Ever-merry Chipise
Ever-merry Chipise was born in Zimbabwe. She is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu -Natal with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She served as the Vice President for the Golden Key Pietermaritzburg Chapter in 2013. She went on to work as an Intern Counselling Psychologist at the Rhodes University Counselling Centre in 2015. Through her studies and practical experience, one of the areas in her field that she developed a passion for was that of career assessment and development. This passion together with the desire of working in a non-profit organisation saw her join Scalabrini Employment Access Programme as a Volunteer Intern at the Employment Help Desk in July 2015. Ever-merry then joined the EAP staff as the Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager and she is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
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Jennipher Kanswe
Welfare Consultant
Scalabrini Centre
jane@scalabrini.org.za
Jennipher Kanswe
Jennipher is originally from Zambia. She joined the Scalabrini team as a Welfare Consultant for the Welfare Department in October 2013. After graduating from the University of Zambia with a Diploma in Social Work and Psychosocial Counselling in the field of HIV/AIDS, she worked in Hermanus at Camphill with Children with special needs. Additionally, she has worked for Catholic Welfare and Development (CWD) as the Shelter Supervisor and done work with The Inner Circle (TIC) focused on LGBTI related issues.
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Etienne Ciemala
Assistant Welfare Consultant
Scalabrini Centre
etienne@scalabrini.org.za
Etienne Ciemala
Etienne’s primary background is in Nursing, with a diploma in Nursing and Education from the University of DRC. He specialized in the field of health science and social services and received a national diploma in nursing practices. He has worked in several health sectors and is also a professional HIV/AIDs counsellor and Youth league leader in the Evangelic Mennonite Community. He likes the challenge of working with different cultures and has a keen interest in the refugee and migrants sector. Etienne joined the Scalabrini Centre in 2014 to grow professionally and broaden his knowledge.
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Linda Mafuna
Unite Manager
Scalabrini Centre
linda@scalabrini.org.za
Linda Mafuna
Linda Mafuna was born and raised in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. After finishing Matric she was employed at Love Life as a ground breaker and was then referred to dance4life/Onevoice where she worked as a facilitator. She has completed a leadership course at CWD, a counselling course at Life Line Child Line as well as a chef assistant and preparation course at CWD. While undertaking these courses she also worked part time and volunteered as a field worker at CWD. Linda joined Scalabrini Centre in 2014 as an intern for Unite As One and was then promoted to Assistant Project Manager of Scalabrini’s Outreach Programme before taking over management of the Unite Programme. Linda enjoys her work and the environment at Scalabrini centre and is excited to continue in this new role.
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Corey Johnson
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
corey@scalabrini.org.za
Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming in Political Science, a Master of Arts from La Trobe University in International Policy, and a Master of Law in Human Rights Law from Monash University. He has worked with refugees at the Humanitarian Crisis Hub in Melbourne, Australia before joining the Advocacy Programme at the Scalabrini Centre in 2011.
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Sindisiwe Moyo
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
sindi@scalabrini.org.za
Sindisiwe Moyo
Born in Zimbabwe, Sindisiwe Moyo graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with LLBs. After graduating she worked as a legal practitioner at Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, a non-governmental organisation that provides free legal services to indigent women and children. In 2008 she moved to South Africa where she first worked as a legal advisor at a private law firm for two years. In 2011 she joined Ilitha Labantu, an NGO with a specific focus on addressing violence perpetrated on women and children. She sees herself as an agent of change in society and is interested in human rights issues.
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Charlotte Manicom
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
lotte@scalabrini.org.za
Charlotte Manicom
Lotte Manicom grew up near the port of Dover, UK, where many people seeking asylum enter the UK in dangerous conditions. It was here, aged 16 that she began to be involved in the refugee sector. After a degree in Politics, she came to South Africa, where her father came from. Here, in following a path that her father commenced, she completed a Masters in Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town. She has gained experience at the Fahamu Refugee Programme, Red Cross, Cape Town Legal Resources and has run art & social projects in detention centres in the UK.
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Matipa Mwamuka-Ndoro
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
matipa@scalabrini.org.za
Matipa Mwamuka-Ndoro
Born in Zimbabwe, Matipa has an academic background in Labour Law and Human Resource Development from the University of Cape Town. Her studies led her to conduct research on child domestic labour in Zimbabwe and the Western Cape. Prior to joining Scalabrini she worked in the children’s rights sector with a specific focus on child trafficking. She is excited to be a part the Scalabrini team and continue advocating for the rights of marginalised children.
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Sam Bath
English School Manager
Scalabrini Centre
sam@scalabrini.org.za
Sam Bath
Samantha was born in Pietermaritsburg and grew up in Cape Town before attending university in Stellenbosch. Studying politics, she became part of an outspoken group of students on campus who raised some of the issues faced by first generation students in integrating into campus life. University management responded by creating the Unit for Multiculturalism and Diversity, for which she then worked for 2 years. After 6 years in Stellenbosch, believing it was time to spread her wings a bit, Samantha moved to Korea to be an English teacher in public elementary schools for four years. Upon returning home to Cape Town, she started volunteering at the Scalabrini Center as an English teacher, where she now works as the Assistant Manager of the English school, organizing the English Alive co-curricular program.
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Diana Akokpari
Assistant English School Manager
Scalabrini Centre
diana@scalabrini.org.za
Diana Akokpari
Diana was born in Ghana and then spent some time in Lesotho and the majority of her life in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Rustenburg Girls High School in Cape Town and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Education at the University of South Africa. Diana has previously worked in various training and educational roles, coming into contact with students and people from around the world. In January of this year she joined the Scalabrini team as Assistant English School Manager, and is very excited about being part of a phenomenal team.
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Neil Goodwin
Human Rights Officer
Scalabrini Centre
neil@scalabrini.org.za
Neil Goodwin
Neil Goodwin has been involved with Scalabrini since 2010, with the launch of the Unite as One Campaign. He loves campaigning, making banners and props, and thinking and acting outside the box as a Charlie Chaplin mime. Neil thinks it is an honour to have the rather grand title of Human Rights Officer at Scalabrini and he looks forward to making strong and fruitful connections and helping to push the creative envelope across society’s desk, stuffed with possibility and positivity.
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Mawande Lukani
Driver
Scalabrini Centre
admin@scalabrini.org.za
Mawande Lukani
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Alphonsine Tshinguta
Housekeeping
Scalabrini Centre
admin@scalabrini.org.za
Alphonsine Tshinguta
Alphonsine Tshinguta or Mami, as she is affectionately known, is originally from Bukavu, DRC. After graduating from High School she started her own business selling clothes and shoes. She arrived in South Africa in October 2003 and started working at the Scalabrini Centre in 2005. She is our longest standing staff member!
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Guest House People
Nathalie Kapinga Mpoyo
Guest House and Facility Hire Manager
Guest House
nathalie@scalabrini.org.za
Nathalie Kapinga Mpoyo
From DRC, Nathalie Kapinga Mpoyo joined Scalabrini as Administrative assistant for the Guest House project in September 2010. She is a graduate of the University Of Democratic Republic Of Congo with Professional Nursing in the field of Health Science and Social Services. Prior to joining Scalabrini, Nathalie was volunteering for Sonke Gender Justice as a member of the Community Action Team. She also volunteered for the South Africa Red Cross Society as a Community Based Member and First Aider and was involved in the Outstanding Contribution towards the Vulnerability Assessment Survey Conducted by SARCs and the University of Witwatersrand in 2009. Working at Scalabrini has provided her with opportunities to grow in her personal and professional life.
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Jean Luc Mukola
Guest House Assistant
Guest House
jeanluc@scalabrini.org.za
Jean Luc Mukola
Jean Luc Mukola was born and raised in DRC before moving to Cape Town. He first came to the Scalabrini Centre through the Employment Access Programme, working initially as a sworn translator for our clients, translating French - English – French, and then going on to volunteer as an Employment Access Programme Intern. He now works as a Scalabrini Guest House assistant. Jean Luc likes to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and enjoys various kinds of music and travelling.
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Franck Adou
Guest House Assistant
Guest House
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Franck Adou
Franck Adou joined the Scalabrini Guest House team at the start of November 2015. He works mainly night shifts and on weekends. Franck was born in Brazzaville and lived in Congo DRC from 1997 during the war, and then came to South Africa in 2005. Franck is also a volunteer teacher at Scalabrini’s English School. He has experience working in the hospitality industry and is always happy to share his experiences with our guests.
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Mamitshu Musinga-Kazaai
Housekeeping
Guest House
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Mamitshu Musinga-Kazaai
Mamitshu is from Congo, DRC. She came to South Africa in 2008, and is married with four children. Mamitshu has previously worked as the Raya Hotel as a housekeeper, and started working at the Scalabrini Guest House in 2013, where she now works twice a week. She is a member of Scalabrini’s Women’s Platform and also has her own small business selling the jewellery that she makes herself. She hopes that she can keep growing this business so as to continue supporting her children.
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Priscille Kayiba Tshenda
Housekeeping
Guest House
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Priscille Kayiba Tshenda
Priscille is from DRC. She arrived in South Africa in 2007, and is married with one child. Priscille has previously worked at Superspar as a cleaner, and started working at the Scalabrini Guest House in December 2015, where she works four days a week. She has experience as a waiter and housekeeper, but always looks for ways to gain more experiences that can contribute to supporting herself and her family. Priscille enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and is very happy to be a part of the Scalabrini team.
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Tapiwa Chipuka
Housekeeping
Guest House
info@scalabrini.org.za
Tapiwa Chipuka
Born in Zimbabwe, Tapiwa Chipuka came to South Africa in 2008. He holds a Diploma in Education (University of Zimbabwe) but was unable to complete the Sociology degree he was doing with the Zimbabwe Open University due to financial constraints and political instability. In South Africa, he obtained a Certificate in Hotel Catering at HBR Training Academy (Cape Town). Tapiwa has experience in working as an educator, mentor, cashier, griller, waiter, sales representative and marketer. He joined Scalabrini in 2009 as a Night Caretaker. Tapiwa enjoys working with people of different classes, age levels and from all parts of the word. He believes that it is the surmounting of difficulties that makes us heroes.
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Mary Jowa Chipuka
Housekeeping
Guest House
info@scalabrini.org.za
Mary Jowa Chipuka
Mary Jowa Chipuka was born in Zimbabwe and came to South Africa in 2009. She holds a Certificate in Secretarial Work (Speciss College, Zimbabwe) as well as certificates in Housekeeping and Childcare. She has experience in working as a secretary, housekeeper and childminder. Mary joined Scalabrini as a Housekeeper in 2009. She enjoys working with people of all ages and from all corners of the world.
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Lawrence House People
Giulia Treves
Manager
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Giulia Treves
Giulia graduated from the Libera Universita’ di Lingue e Communicazione (Milan, Italy) with a BA in English and Contemporary History and obtained a Masters in Migration Studies from the Pontifical University Urbaniana (Rome, Italy) in 2006. Since 2003, she has worked for the International Scalabrini network. Before joining the Scalabrini Centre in 2006, she was assigned to various projects such as an after care programme for internally displaced children in Bogotá, Colombia and as a member of a task team on the prevention of child trafficking on the Bolivian-Argentine border.
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Sheillah Chigudu
Social Worker
Lawrence House
socialworker@scalabrini.org.za
Sheillah Chigudu
Sheillah joined Lawrence House in 2015 and currently serves as a social worker. Sheillah comes to Lawrence House with experience as an educator now turned social worker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Africa. Sheillah is person-centred and believes in self- determination. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and regards everyone as unique in their own special way.
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Romina Meneghetti
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Romina Meneghetti
Upon finalising her degree in Professional Childcare at the University of Padua, Italy, Romina travelled to Cape Town with the intention of spending a year as a volunteer in Lawrence House, but then fell in love not only with Lawrence House but also with the Mother City, and never left! Romina has served Lawrence House in various roles, and since 2010 has worked as a senior child care worker. Despite the many challenges, Romina enjoys being among children and teenagers with a different culture and background.
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Cathleen Fredricks
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Cathleen Fredricks
Cathleen or rather “Aunty Kay” is a professional Child and Youth Care Worker born and raised in Cape Town. She has been working in child care for more than 20 years. Kay has acquired her experience by working for various institutions in South Africa and in the US. She is happily married and enjoys spending her free time with her family.
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Wilhelmina Marquard
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Wilhelmina Marquard
Once retired from teaching after more than 30 years, most of which was spent working at Holy Cross Primary School, Aunty Minnie, as she is known in Lawrence House, has now been working for several years in the home. Although she seems strict and stern she is a very soft hearted woman; she dedicates her free time to visiting the sick and aged in the community. She also loves traveling around the globe visiting her family members and keeping in tune with fashion and glamour.
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Lumka Matthews
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Lumka Matthews
Lumka has worked as a Child and Youth Care Worker at Lawrence House since 2013. She has a friendly and easy going personality. Her passion is to work with vulnerable groups, especially children. She enjoys the outdoors and exploring new things.
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Jeff van Diemen
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Jeff van Diemen
Jeff is a registered Child and Youth Care Worker. Compared to his previous experience at Steinthal Children’s Home, Lawrence House has had a greater impact on his life – since the number of children here is smaller, one gets immediately drawn into their lives. As Child Care Worker he feels he is more present and involved in the children’s lives and has the possibility of doing much more for them and with them. Jeff is very passionate about his work with children and youth; he is keen on sharing his enthusiasm and encourages others to always extend a helping hand to children in need.
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Yves Bonyeme
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Yves Bonyeme
Originally from the DRC, Yves joined Lawrence House in 2010. While having a background as a political activist, his passion for children and youth has turned him into a dedicated Child and Youth Care Worker. Besides his passion for his work, his daughter and Chelsea FC are at the centre of his life.
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Joseline Scott
Cleaner
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Joseline Scott
Josi lives in Philippi and her family lives in the Eastern Cape. She has one daughter and on weekends she is busy with her church.
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