History

Organisation overview

Presently, “FAMSA – Families South Africa” is registered in terms of the Non-profit Organisations Act.  Twenty six FAMSA Affiliates function nationwide and are affiliated to the National Council.

In 1938 "The Marriage Guidance Council" came into existence in London, one of the founder members being Dr David Mace.  In October 1954 the South African National Council for Marriage Guidance and Counselling was established following a conference, the main theme being family problems and disintegration.  Dr Mace and his wife, Vera, were invited to preside at this conference.  

The family is the nucleus of society, and when it weakens or crumbles the stability of the entire community is adversely affected.  It is thus imperative to initiate and co-ordinate resources to maintain a healthy and happy marriage and family life.  "FAMSA - FAMILY AND MARRIAGE SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA" was established as a result of this need.  

As the need arose FAMSA became more and more involved in urgent social issues such as Family Violence, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Women Empowerment, Poverty Relief and Prevention of AIDS.

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Today, social workers with specialised training are employed to assist the community and auxiliary community workers reach out to rural women.  Manpower is augmented by recruiting volunteers from the community, and FAMSA provides a high standard of selection and training for these volunteers.  

Through these initiatives, FAMSA strives to be the national leader in supporting individuals, families, organisations, communities and society to build, restore and sustain functional relationships.  

We believe that healthy and stable relationships promote healthy individuals, families and communities.

We are committed to: basic human rights, quality and excellence of service, accountability, transparency, openness, tolerance and respect, accessibility to all people and communities, confidentiality and economical and social harmonization.

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