“I come to Lefika because it is the only place I feel safe.”
– Lefika La Phodiso child
“Art therapy offers an alternate language of communication, inhabiting the space between images and text.”
– Hayley Berman (founder)
Lefika La Phodiso is an NGO that offers community art counselling and training, as well as a variety of arts-based programmes for children. Lefika La Phodiso means the rock of holding and healing. Through therapeutic, creative counselling, in a safe environment, healing can begin.
Lefika La Phodiso has an ongoing partnership with Wits Drama for Life, SACAP (South African College of Applied Psychology) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The interns participate in the Open Studio after school programmes, as well as giving individual counselling and therapy sessions.
“Lefika has been sustained by a passion, belief, and commitment to providing safe enough spaces for children and adults within a traumatised South Africa. The integrity and ethos have been handed down in each iteration of Lefika’s history and the teams that hold the organisation.”