September 2012 gave birth to the very first Kwakha Indvodza concept workshop with 20 volunteer mentors and E12, 000.00 start-up support from the Kaiizen Foundation. 34 emajaha enrolled and 19 attended the first session which was conducted at Moya Centre in Mahlanya on the 6th of October 2012. A Facebook page was set-up and soon after regular sessions begun, these sessions included fishing, hikes, craft and Potkye competitions. Soon after the KI board was formed.
With 12 Mentors, 27 emajaha and Kaizen guests Kwakha Indvodza had its very first camp at The Rock lodge in Ngwempisi. In December 2013 KI hosts Community Day in Mahlanya, a website is established and KI is registered as an NGO.
In January 2014 the Mbuluzi Chapter was formed and office was opened. The very first KI strategic Plan is developed (KI’s 3 pillars) In the same month, Sahee foundation funds KI’s first project. KI then joins twitter and later hosts the 2nd Mahlanya Community Day with 600 people sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay and PWC . In August 2014 KI office in Mahlanya opens and Mr Kim Koetell becomes KI’s Projects Coordinator. In November 2014 KI presents at the MenEngage Global symposium in New Delhi. In December 2014 KI hosts the second camp.
In March 2015 KI presents results at the international conference on Men and Masculinity in New York. In June 2015 KI partners with the Ministry of Health for men’s health month activities. In July 2015 the SEIG pilot project was launched and in September the very first Work Experience Program (WEP) started. In November 2015 KI starts advocating for the SODV Bill through events platforms and relationships. In the same month KI International Men’s day and the 1st Arts Against Abuse concert.
In January 2016 KI’s Executive Director joins the organisation full time. In April 2016 the Lihawu Male Mentoring Camp pilot is launched. A new strategic Plan is devised in April 2016. In May 2016 KI’s SODV Bill advocacy is sealed up and KI’s leads the MTN Bushfire Bring Your Fire activation zone. In June 2016 KI moves into the Headquarters premises in Mbabane. In July KI presents at the AIDS16 in Durban. In September 2016 a new members join the KI board as Senetor Temple and Ms Bongi Mndzebele retire. In November KI Runs a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) “Pens Down” campaign and the second Arts Against Abuse Concert.
In 2017 the Lihawu Male Mentoring Camps are featured as a Promising practice in ESA then at a WHO conference. KI runs Father and Son camps in April 2017. The Chapters (Mbuluzi, Mahlanya and LaMgabhi) are revived and KI trains partners ahead of Men’s health month activities. From October to December 2017 a Walk A Mile in Her Shoes mural is painted in Malkerns , Arts Against Abuse campus chats are introduced and SODV Bill activism continues at scale (KI, SWAGAA, WLSA and CANGO).
The SEIG Phase 3 begins in January 2018, Men of Tomorrow Manual is completed and the Sincumo Ngesakho (VMMC Demand creation) Project begins in February. In March, KI runs the first fatherhood workshop with new and expectant fathers. The KI HC4 Breakthrough Action Project begins and the Siphocosini and Mahwalala Chapters are founded. In August the SODV Bill is passed which was a victory for KI and Partners. In October the Sivuno Sakusasa and Seyetfu Majaha Projects begin. In November 2018 Ki opens Siteki office. In the same month KI hosts 7 Campus Chats at tertiaries around the country.
In 2019 the Manzini office is opened, KI broadcasts 14 radio slots on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the Litfuba Ngelakho Project begins. In June KI gets HTS Accreditation. The Tubercolosis In the Mining Sector (TIMSII) project kicks off. In 2019- KI Advocacy and Communication Department launched a weekly column on the Times of Eswatini.
In the face of emerging COVID-19 Kwakha Indvodza expands its online footprint and explores new ways of implementing projects. The “#Me4U Youth Zone” becomesweekly watching for over 35,000 young people. The Mahazane Response Project works with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Team to implementover 8,000 door-to-door COVID-19 screenings in hotspot areas. Over 1,000 emajahaattend Lihawu Male Mentoring Camps when restrictions allow. KI scales its BabeLocotfo Campaign and workshops, whilst EU support allows for further scale-up of national reach in four regions of the country.
New Community Chapters in Lobamba and Kwaluseni are founded with continued support from UNFPA and others, whilst KI’s Apprenticeship Programme repairs thousands of broken school desks per annum. Additional partners are brought on board, although COVID-19 and civil unrest effect growth. Babe Locotfo becomes a national campaign, with art exhibitions, competitions and regular media coverage. With UNAIDS, KI hosts the first “Men and HIV Implementer’s Forum”, a one-day conference featuring the latest data and lessons learned in improving male health service uptake.
KI launches a Community of Practice for GBV and economic strengthening NGOs and writes a manual for conducting gender dialogues in communities. A KI-authored CSO Advocacy Strategy offers other CSOs the opportunity to focus advocacy efforts on upcoming Bills. Further funding from a variety of partners and UN agencies supports KI’s implementation and field research. The KI 2018-2021 Strategy ends and the next five-year Strategic Planning process begins.