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Project Details

Uplift children in the township Motherwell with art, games, sports and environmental activities. Help to grow the children's self-esteem and inspire the community.

We are an organization that works closely together with the locals of the township Motherwell, who want to improve life in the township and ensure a better future for their children. Us and the volunteers work closely together with the communities and residents of the township:

  • we organize afterschool activities like sports, arts, planting, practising English, playing games and environmental activities
  • we help out at a kids soup kitchen run by Nwabisa, the 'Mama' of the neighbourhood
  • we do art with the kids at the Hand in Hand Art Studio and Art Academy run by the two artists Sakumzi and Coco
  • we beautify the area together with the locals
  • we do the 'Flowers for Africa' project once a month, where kids paint huge flowers on the walls of their shacks
  • we organize events in our artistic park, which we created out of a dumpsite
  • we help out at a preschool in the township

Besides the weekly program, we organize different events in the township where everyone can show their art and do dancing or theatre performances on a little stage. We also offer workshops for sustainability, gardening, English, maths and art and we hold meetings with the locals to discuss environmental and social issues with them.

Once a month we do the 5 days ‚Flowers for Africa‘ workshop initiated by the artist Luc van der Walt and the non-profit organisation ‚Art to uplift‘ which provides underprivileged children with the therapeutic experience of art. With a group of artists, the children are painting flowers bigger than themselves on the murals of their communities. The children are left proud, educated and more confident in themselves and the community is inspired to make other improvements.

The main focus of the project is on
Foundation Year
2015
Contact Person
Agnieszka Mazur
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Motherwell is one of the biggest townships in the Eastern Cape. The life in the township can be tough and this is why we want to encourage the community to make improvements and ensure a better future for the kids.

Our Uplifting Community project involves the locals in the Township, makes them work together and shows that they can make a difference on their own. It has many positive effects on the community and the children:

It gives the children self-esteem, encourages them and shows them that they can prosper.

It keeps the kids busy and thus keeps them away from playing in the dumps, criminality or drugs.

The community is motivated to make other improvements like collecting the surrounding waste, beautify the area or starting new projects with the kids.

Because we work so close together with the community members, there is high participation in the township. People from the area love what we do, participate and support it.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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