It’s interesting how above all else, the one thing that we, as humans, need and depend on for our sanity and our sense of self-worth, is connection with others.

We are reminded more than ever of the African proverb Ubuntu:… “I am because you are.” It embraces the idea that humans cannot exist in isolation. We depend on connection, community, and caring — simply, we cannot be without each other.’

Our wonderful Rural Arts Project in Suurbraak, as well as Mullersrus, continues to function during the lockdown in the month of May.

Godfrey Hendrickse and Lynne Roscoe meet regularly with our wonderful facilitators Hetta November and Donovan Julius to brainstorm the idea that our learners can still be kept engaged in the art and needlecraft projects whilst in lockdown at home. The pilot run with the art and needlework activities given to them last week proved to be a success. Learners completed the activity and were asking for more.

The good news is that we will continue to deliver the art and needlecraft activities for the rest of the lockdown. The rollout will happen as follows:

  • Donny and Hetta will each prepare the weekly activities for the learners. They will provide clear instructions of the work to be completed and ensure that the learners receive the necessary materials to do so.
  • they will, on a weekly basis, collect the work of the learners before handing out the new activities. It will be evaluated and feedback will be given to the learners.
  • All learners work will be kept and used for an exhibition later this year.
  • A register of work issued and collected will be kept. Learners who require more time to complete their work than the usual week will be allowed to do so.
  • We’d also like to issue each learner with a journal for them to record the thoughts, feelings, fears and experiences during this time of the Lockdown.
  • All work will be monitored and evaluated by ourselves at the end of the month.

Our facilitators have become heroes in these small communities and we are so grateful and proud.


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