Our community outreach programmes intend to provide a safe space to extend learning, play and creativity, through the arts, in a collaborative supportive environment using art-based methods. This promotes empathic engagement.
|Open Studio (6 – 12yrs)||This after-school programme offers an integrated therapeutic space, for at-risk children, which uses art to develop life skills and improve learning outcomes.|
|Drama Club (13 – 18yrs)||Harnessing drama therapy, this programme seeks to explore difficult themes that face our youth through drama.|
|Uhambo – Creativity and Literacy (9 – 12yrs)||Created from witnessing the low levels of literacy in our open studio, Uhambo seeks to impart a passion for literacy through art making and creative writing.|
|Art Skills (9 – 16yrs)||This programme seeks to develop technical art and craft skills with the intention to make the children aware of the entrepreneurial possibilities of art and craft making.|
|Nutrition programme (all programmes)||Lefika provides a nutritious meal to every child both before and after every session of every programme.|
|Holiday Programme (6 – 18yrs)||Holiday Programme offers an invaluable continuum of support for the children during the school holiday period. We have also partnered with WITS Art Museum for a holiday programme which takes place in the museum. The primary aim is to develop visual literacy skills in the participants to encourage creative processes and effective communication skills.|
|Community Art Counselling support groups in schools, NGO’s and community centres||Always seeking to increase our footprint, Lefika runs community art counselling groups at various other sites such as R.P Maphanzela Primary School (Thokoza) and Thulasizwe Special School (Orlando West, Soweto).|
Online and social media programmes
We have two online programmes, designed as a response to the lockdown and Covid19 pandemic: Online Open Studio and #wellnesswednesdays. These activities are designed with a psycho-educational focus. And it is delivered to our beneficiaries through our website, Facebook-page, Youtube-Channel and WhatsApp.
Our other key activities
Crisis interventions, Volunteer opportunities, Community Art Counselling training and development, Debriefing/Supervision, Art Counselling support groups in schools and other organisations. We also run monthly reflective or skills workshops.
Working collaboratively with communities, the overarching mission of Lefika is to reach as many people as possible. Lefika’s Community Art Counselling programme provides symbolic extended family structures that can unlock strength and resilience, thereby reducing violence and trauma, creating stronger societal connections and ultimately a safer society. The Open & Safe Spaces programmes is one means through which Lefika achieves this.
In the first twenty years of its existence Lefika reached 157 137 beneficiaries through Community Art Counselling: children, men, women, artists, caregivers, parents, teachers, counsellors and mental health practitioners have gone through the programmes.