During this challenging year, we were so blessed by the relationship with our friends, partners and donors. Although this year did not work out according to the strategic plans, it has been a very busy year. This report will give you a brief overview of the accomplishments for the year.

To enhance Inter Trauma Nexus’ communication with partners, friends and clients we started a daily electronic newsletter calls Friends of Inter Trauma Nexus in English and Vriende van Inter Trauma Nexus in Afrikaans. The newsletter contains a thought for the day, a verse of scripture, a beautiful poster and a short prayer. The purpose of the newsletter is to offer encouragement and comfort.

Training is an important part of Inter Trauma Nexus’ community engagement and commitment. At the beginning of the year, an important part of the strategy was to make more workshops available online via Aquilla Training. For the year the focus was on developing asynchronous, self-paced workshops on practical counselling skills and personal self-enrichment. All the workshops were developed in partnership between Inter Trauma Nexus, Aquilla Financial Solutions, Aquilla Wellness Solutions and Kailo Institute.

It was a great honour to present a two-day Basic Trauma Handling course for Ampucare SA NPC. All of a sudden we were face with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When The COVID-19 lockdown was announced the whole management team at Inter Trauma Nexus and Aquilla Training embarked on developing a free online workshop to help people to deal with the lockdown, financial hardship and the trauma of the disaster. The original idea was that the COVID-19 Trauma Relief – Support in a disaster would last 21 days, but as it turned out the workshop lasted 52-days. Although the workshop was aimed at a South-African audience, people from across the world participated.

During the lockdown period, we made various online presentations to community organizations and on social media to make a positive difference. This included presentations and workshops to Victim Support Europe, Suid-Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie, Phela Workforce, Momentum and Employee Assistance Practitioners Association of South Africa, as well as Binah Advanced Bible College and Christelike Afhanklikheidsdiens.

At the beginning of July 2020, we invited people in various ministries to join a voluntary association, called the Association for Christian Ministries. The voluntary association aims to offer support and ministry focused training for people who have a God-given calling. This initiative enhances the standing of people in traditional and non-traditional ministries, who are serving people in their communities.

At the beginning of October 2020, our partnership with the Ons Radio internet-based radio station lead to daily podcasts called Hartswysheid en Kopkennis. These podcasts are broadcasted twice a day. After engaging with listeners who experienced the trauma of farm attacks, excruciating fear of violence, domestic abuse and job losses, the book Hartswysheid en Kopkennis vir Vriende was born.

Many of the leaders and decision-makers in our network spent a lot of time with Rev Wynand Louw in prayer and personal coaching. Our pastors, care-givers and business managers are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 morbidity and financial hardship.

The first post-lockdown face-to-face workshop was presented to the community of Kameeldrift to prepare volunteers for the Christmas season. This community is situated towards the North-East of Pretoria.

Barbara Louw, our Chief Executive officer, completed a Doctorate in Divinity. Her dissertation is titled: Developing a strategy to address bullying for pastors and educators in South Africa. She has also been appointed as a professor with Binah Advanced Bible College through Therapon University.

We re-designed the social media policy on all the mentioned sites to enhance interaction with the community and positive communication in line with the new POPIA. You are welcome to continue following us on your favourite social media platform.

In 2021 there are exciting ventures that will be presented in the format of adult skills training programmes via Kailo Institute NPC. This includes our expanded Private Practice Management and Victim Empowerment programmes.

May you have a peaceful Christmas and blessed New Year.