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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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Art therapy centre gets well-deserved assistance

Rosebank Killarney Gazette: The National Arts Council gives back to the youth in the arts at the Art Therapy Centre. The National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa extended its helping hand further than Mandela Day. The council, based in Newtown, is a funding body mandated by the Department of Arts and Culture to disseminate […]

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Brand South Africa: Healing through art

Read what Mathiba Molefe discovered about Lefika La Phodiso in this article, Lefika La Phodiso: Healing through art, for Brand South Africa in 2016. At Lefika La Phodiso’s open studio sessions, along with the many other group sessions the organisation runs, youth can express themselves in a safe, non-judgemental environment. The visual arts, while not […]

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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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