“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.
Community Building Community art counseling can foster a sense of belonging and connection among participants. Engaging in creative activities together promotes a supportive and collaborative environment. Expression and Communication Art provides a non-verbal form of expression, allowing individuals to communicate thoughts, emotions, and experiences that may be challenging to express verbally. This can be particularly […]
Read about our after-school programmes, where our mission is to provide a secure and supportive environment for children to thrive. From cultivating artistic skills and encouraging self-expression to promoting emotional well-being, our program is designed to nurture every aspect of a child's development. Join us in fostering a community of creativity, communication, and holistic well-being. […]
Are you ready to make a real and lasting impact on the lives of individuals in need? Lefika La Phodiso, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO) and we can supply a Section 18A certificate for tax purposes for all donations. If you want to support our organisation, please reach out to us at 065 094 […]
“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.”