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 in South Africa, we provide community-based, arts education and leadership workshops to children grades 1 through 12 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 primary communities are Masiphumelele, Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg, Manenburg and Nyanga.
But there is still more that needs to be done for our students, particularly during the vulnerable holiday periods. Our Holiday Programing aims to keep at-risk youth engaged in creative and artistic outlets while they are not attending school. Many children never experience a holiday as we know it. Lalela Project fills this void by conducting fun and meaningful holiday educational arts programs for nearly 1000 children during the March, June/July, and December/January timeframe. By participating in our Holiday Program workshops, students are provided daily transport and meals. In addition to our arts education workshops, students get to engage in meaning cultural outings, experience theatrical productions, work with guest artists, and participate in art-to-action workshops that mobilize change in their communities. We need YOUR support to continue creating lasting holiday memories for our student Artists.