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Standard Bank executives make art

Lefika La Phodiso staff were invited by Dee Blackie to support a creative surprise for her husband’s Standard Bank Investment Banking Executive Committee thank you dinner. When the guests arrived they were rather taken aback to discover easels and paints set out in the garden and when they were invited to paint something/anything on the […]

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Clay

This ‘Making Marks’ one-day workshop took place on 3 June and was facilitated by well-known ceramicist Ashleigh Christellis and Kate Shand, a community art counsellor with years of experience working in clay. We spent a sunny warm Saturday in what was once Lefika’s ceramic studio moulded clay plates and decorated them. We pressed lace, we […]

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Art Cards

The ‘Making Art Cards’ workshop took place on 10 June and participants created four images each representing different emotions – and at the end each participant had a pack of 44 art cards. These cards can be used as a tool to expand and explore emotions when working with groups. The proceeds of the workshop […]

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Courage Child Protection

The ‘Courage Child Protection Programme’ training took place on 25 May with Dee Blackie as facilitator. This training was aimed at anyone working in communities, mental health services and specifically Community Art Counsellors who want to add tools and skills to empower and move communities to action. We have been using the Courage community mapping […]

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100 years of caring for children

The Children’s Memorial Institute, Johannesburg’s first hospital dedicated to children, was a fitting location for the launch of child protection week on 27 May. Compassionate Friends (TCF) joined a number of organisations, including Women and Men Against Child Abuse, Courage Child Protection, Lefika la Phodiso, The Shaken and Abused Baby Initiative and Community Hours, to […]

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Crisis intervention at RP Maphanzela Primary School

RP Maphanzela  Primary School recently experienced two tragedies. A Grade 2 learner, together with a friend from neighbouring school, Ntokozo Primary School, went missing and their bodies were found in an open field, allegedly murdered. At the same time a Grade 1 educator, Ms Ndumi (aged 28), died from an illness. The neighbourhood also has […]

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Holiday Program: Respecting and accepting

This term’s School Holiday Programme supported by DHL took place from 2 to 6 July 2018. The children, aged between 5 and 17, explored the theme ‘respecting and accepting each other’. They were divided into groups according to their ages. Our Community Art Counselling facilitators put together a programme for the week that incorporated various […]

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Open Studio term 2

Term 2 Open Studio -JUNIOR GROUP Mondays: “Rainbow Nation”       We interpreted the phrase “Rainbow Nation” to mean that there are many people with different cultures and traditions living in South Africa who have origins outside of our country. We wanted to celebrate the richness of these cultures in the face of xenophobia for […]

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Lefika goes international

In an attempt to broaden the influence of Lefika La Phodiso, the organisation sent two of its local Community Art Counsellors, Humbu Nsenga and Alisa Ray, to Sri lanka, a country devastated by a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. Sri lanka also experienced major destruction in the 2004 Tsunami.

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