BENEFITING: LALELA PROJECT
Lalela Project provides arts education to youth affected by extreme poverty, sparking creative thinking and awakening the entrepreneurial spirit! We aim to drive positive social change through an innovative curriculum of Ideas, Art and Music (I AM). "Lalela" is a Zulu word that means “to listen”, and it is at the heart of what Lalela Project does; by listening to children’s individual stories, and the communities’ needs, we can understand their challenges and, in turn, provide creative solutions.
In the Western Cape, South Africa, we provide education through the arts to children grades one through twelve in a safe space during the vulnerable after-school hours and holiday periods. Lalela Project uses the power of the arts to help students navigate a clear path that is often cluttered with the hazards of extreme poverty, including gang violence, HIV / AIDS, and physical and substance abuse. Our community-based programs deliver year-round arts education and leadership workshops for at-risk youth ages 6 and up. Our primary communities are Masiphumelele, Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg, Manenburg and Nyanga.
Through our arts curriculum and its critical messaging component, we ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching a possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Research has shown that educational arts is closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement. At Lalela Project, we engage and empower youth in creative thinking and solutions. Through the joy of the arts, children's voices and dreams can be heard, seen and realized.
By supporting a child for 1 year of arts education and psychosocial support, you will provide him/her with access to all arts education workshops, cultural excursions, supplies and meals.
1 year sponsorship for 1 child = $250.00. Our $10,000 fundraising goal, if met, will support 40 students for 1 year.