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Meet The Team

rekha 

DIRECTOR: Hi, my name is Rekha Nathoo and I have been with the CINDI team for 6 years - my passion for NGO work / Children / for what I do is making a difference and giving a voice to children's issues because I believe that one person, one organisation and one network can make a difference. I am a social activist child rights is my politics! My greatest achievement to the Network was becoming the Director in 2006 and creating a revised vision and strategy for the Network.

 Rekha Nathoo is a specialist in Community Development and Adult Education and has a Masters degree in Adult Education. She started her career in 1992 as an actor / teacher in a Drama in AIDS education project called DramAide. She developed a peer education programme which led to her becoming the Training Coordinator for the organisation in 1995. This was the position she held when she left DramAide in 1996. She then moved onto working as a Training Specialist for the Provincial Department of Land Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal. She moved on from there to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Centre for Adult Education where she also administered a conference for the Paulo Freire Institute in 2006. Later in 2006 she moved onto becoming a Project Manager for the iNdlovu Partnership for Lifelong Learning. She was then employed by CINDI (Children in Distress Network) in 2006 as the Project Manager for their Child Advocacy Project (CAP). In 2009, she presented a paper based on the findings of this project to ChildHope UK in London. In January 2009 she was recruited as the CINDI Director and currently holds this position. CINDI is a children’s sector network of over 400 organisations working with orphaned and vulnerable children.  Rekha has a passion for child rights and has worked in the HIV/AIDS and children sector since 1992. Please feel free to contact me on Tel: 033 345 7994 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   
 Kerry-Harbottle  Hi, my name is Kerry McKay and I have been with the CINDI family for 4 years now – my passion for what I do is simply because of my views on children (for many years, being a single mom myself) and wanting to help ease the burden on children in today’s world. My greatest contribution is to help where I can to make a positive mark on children’s lives in some way. Please feel free to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 033 345 7994
   
Avesh-Chhoteylal Hi, my name is Avesh Chhoteylal, the Grants Administrator. I have been part of the CINDI Team for 4 years, working under the May’Khethele Project who deal with orphaned and vulnerable children. I am currently studying towards my B Compt Degree and I am extremely passionate about NGO work and I Love what I do. Please feel free to contact me on Tel: 033 345 7994 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
 mbali  My Name is Mbali Mnguni and I have been with the Children in Distress Network (CINDI) from February 2011. My position at CINDI is one of an F.H.R Team Facilitator which I am enjoying very much. I am currently studying towards an Honours’ Degree in Social Work at UNISA doing my third year. CINDI has allowed me to grow in many aspects of my life especially in my profession and also as an individual. You can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
   
tracey

 Hi, my name is Tracey Sibisi. I have been with the CINDI family since February 2013 – I'm an FHR Team Facilitator and I have studied Psychology and Communications through UNISA. I joined the CINDI team because I enjoy working with NGO's, helping people and I've also gained experience previously in this field, as a result I believe I can contribute to the CINDI team. Please feel free to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 033 345 7994.

   
   
   
Shannon Hi to all readers. My name is Shannon Elliott, the Office and Finance Administrator. I have been part of the CINDI family since December 2011 and must say that I am so proud to be part of such an amazing team. It goes without saying that being given the opportunity to work in the children’s sector gives me so much inspiration just to get out of bed in the morning. The stats in KZN with children affected by HIV & poverty are shocking and just knowing that I am part of a team who strives in making a difference in the lives of the children is an honour. You can contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
neil “Neill Stevenson is the Programme Manager of the May’khethele Programme. This is a consortium of three CINDI members, funded by PEPFAR, that provide a comprehensive package of services to thirteen thousand children a year, who are orphaned or made more vulnerable by HIV and AIDS”.
   
kevin “Hi. My name is Kevin Mathavalla, the Finance Officer. I have been with the CINDI Network for four years. Children are our most valuable resource, it is unfortunate that so many children are left vulnerable as a result of HIV and AIDS. We have a responsibility to provide a safe environment, free from exploitation and abuse. My passion for NGO work /children stems from this.  Please feel free to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 033 345 7994.”
   
 noma Hi, my name is Noma Kwitshana and I have been with the CINDI family for 6 years. My passion for NGO work / Children / for what I do is assisting members with information that they need and to communicate with the staff and public because I have experience. The organisation has become my passion and the work that I do has become part of who I am. I have been very fortunate with my job in as much that I have been given the opportunity to study at UKZN, giving me even more confidence to do my job as best I can. Please feel free to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and 033 345 7994