The Light from Africa Foundation in collaboration with various stakeholders continually seek to widen the scope of our outreach work by initiating a Rural EMPOWERMENT Arts Project (REAP) in Suurbraak.
The REAP has two main ‘arts’ programmes:
- Creative Art which is facilitated by local art teachers
- Needlecraft which is facilitated by local seamstress Hetta November.
- The programs have been designed to teach the following Life Skills:
- Positive self-esteem
- Showing kindness
- Discovering self
- Community awareness
- Conservation of natural resources
- Respect for women
- Appreciation of their own and other cultures
Suurbraak, Barrydale, Buffeljachts, Mullersrus. These are rural settlements in the Overberg District at the foot of the beautiful Tradouw Pass in the Langeberg Mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa.
While the isolation of these villages is one of the charms, the absence of any industry has forced young people to leave and seek employment elsewhere, which depletes and limits capital inflow into the communities.
This results in:
- a high unemployment rates
- high teenage pregnancy
- lack of skills development
- limited access to tertiary study
The REAP programmes are specifically developed to:
- Keep the young people constructively occupied
- Provide an opportunity to allow them to explore their creativity
- Restore a sense of pride
- Develop self-esteem
- Provide a platform for young people to engage with their peers in a constructive manner