Phola was set up in 2015 by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, a renowned Psychosocial Specialist whose work in trauma is known and used in many countries in the world including UK, Australia, and USA (see or The organisation was established to address the psychosocial and mental health problems associated with violence, crime, substance abuse, child abuse, gender-based violence, hardships and trauma.

The organisation’s overall aim is to help women to develop interest in aspects of their lives and history which they have not been interested in. To support them to develop ideas and goals about where they want their lives to go, helping them to recognise traces of other stories in their lives that contradict the problem story.