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Lalela Project & One&Only Cape Town

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result” --Mahatma Gandhi

The word “lalela”, which in Zulu means “to listen”, is at the very heart of what Lalela Project does. By listening to children’s individual stories and our communities’ needs, we can understand their challenges and in turn provide creative solutions.

Lalela Project drives positive social change through an innovative curriculum of Ideas, Art and Music (I AM).

One&Only Cape Town supports Lalela Project through donations and by providing work experience opportunities and hotel management internships to the artists.

About Lalela Project

Lalela Project provides educational arts for youth affected by extreme poverty in order to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.

At Lalela Project, we engage and empower youth in creative thinking and solutions. Through the joy of the arts, children’s voices and dreams can be heard and realized.

Our programs ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Research has shown that educational arts are closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement. In addition, our high school programs are focused toward creating young leaders and high achievers, seeding new career paths that help break the chains of poverty.

Our primary communities in the Western Cape are Masiphumelele, Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, where we provide arts education to children grades 1 through 12 in a safe space during after-school and holiday periods. The combined effects of poverty, disease, and a lack of access to basic services have affected family and community structures in these areas. Many of the youth we work with suffer from physical deprivation such as hunger, illness, and physical/sexual abuse, as well as emotional stress.

As our learners move toward the last years of high school, we help them find stable career paths in a country with vertiginous unemployment levels. With that in mind, we partner with organizations that expose our students to cultural experiences, and with corporations that provide them with internship opportunities. Once our learners matriculate, the experience and skill acquired during their internships often allow them to achieve job placements, as well as scholarships for college and professional training. Thus, through life skills training and the power of the arts, we hope to accompany our learners from kindergarten until they enter the job market as capable and creative adults.

Should you wish to make a donation towards the Lalela Project please contact Cat Reiper at cat@lalelaproject.org

Alternatively please find the bank details below:

Lalela Project Trust
Nedbank Current Account
Account Number: 1005746117
Branch Code: 16760910

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