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Lefika La Phodiso: Healing through art

The visual arts, while not the first thing to come to mind when you think of therapy, have huge potential in promoting social well-being and dealing with some of the hardships faced daily by some South Africans. By tapping into this potential and making art therapy more accessible to those who can benefit from it, […]

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In commemoration of World Aids Day

The Peterrose Park in Parktown was transformed into a hub of creativity for some children from the inner city to commemorate World Aids Day. Lefika La Phodiso, a non-governmental organisation, along with volunteers, joined forces to create a day of HIV/Aids awareness for the children using art therapy. “We wanted to do something public to […]

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Expressing problems through art

ART therapy is a tool that allows people, especially children, to communicate what they feel through their creations. Ntombifuthi Sangweni has been using art therapy for the past eight years and believes it is growing and there is a high demand for it in our townships. Sangweni works as a community art counsellor with young […]

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Sex abuse doesn’t add up

A little girl paints “1 + 1= 2” on all her paintings. To everyone else that looks like ordinary maths but, to her, it represents the perfect number: “My mother and I, who are a family” – her mother’s boyfriend, who sexually abuses her, is pointedly excluded in this equation. Other children create colourful puppets […]

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South Africa leaves an indelible mark on Wilkshire

THE small black children lined up at the wall, some with paint brushes, others blowing their vuvuzelas. Two of the bigger boys took black chalk and began tracing around Luke Wilkshire, who stood against the wall with his arms spread wide. One of the girls, Dineo, thought that if it was good enough for Wilkshire […]

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When a picture speaks a thousand words

Therapy is a necessary part of recovery for survivors of abuse, but many are too traumatised to talk about their experiences. Art counselling is used to create a safe space in which victims—often children—can heal. “In art counselling these children get the chance to express themselves through material such as clay and through drawing and […]

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