BENEFITING: LALELA PROJECT
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.
Aimed at developing high calibre enthusiastic students in our communities along a path of personal and professional growth to job readiness, the Lalela Project Leadership Programme, in collaboration with Learn to Lead, presents life skills development training in a comfortable environment that maximizes the transfer of learning, and that builds on the belief that nothing in the world is impossible.