“The respect and encouragement that the staff gives the children makes us feel safe and loved.”
– Lefika La Phodiso child
“ My stories help me believe in myself and not take inside my head what the bullies said to me.” – Lefika La Phodiso child who attended the programme Uhambo
The programme Uhambo was created to help children reclaim their voice, to tell their story. It’s more than just being heard, it’s about us listening to their stories, believing them and giving them the tools to write another chapter. This literacy programme combines other modules to help the children express themselves. We know that non-verbal activities help children find their voice so we have combined drawing, sculpture and improvisation. The facilitator then introduces the concept of the written word by reading a book together. Ironically, the fact that many of the children haven’t learned to read is not a deterrent. They help each other decipher letters, words and find meaning. Eventually the children tell their own stories and create their own books. Thus the journey begins with silence, evolves through the creative process, is captured by the oral storytelling tradition, and finally preserved in a book.