Uplifting pupils through art

2017-01-10 06:01
Photo: Nosipho Mkhize Clermont Arts Development Programme members Simphiwe Mdunge and Mduduzi Mbutho.

Photo: Nosipho Mkhize Clermont Arts Development Programme members Simphiwe Mdunge and Mduduzi Mbutho.

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THE Clermont Arts Development Programme (CADP) is a project headed by an NPO called The Community Outreach Programme Trust (Copt), which works with communities around KwaZulu-Natal

According to Clermont Arts Development Programme manager Mduduzi Mbutho, the project was established three years ago with a purpose of ensuring that children are able to continue with school as well as help them with their studies.
The project also focuses on teaching children music, piano lessons, vocals and studio work.
“We have various projects under CADP, namely the Siyabonga Project, which is a fund-raising project whereby our members perform for pupils in one of the schools overseas and from those performances we raise funds for our pupils in primary and high school.
“Under this project we have 32 members from around KwaDabeka and Clermont led by one of our choreographers, Simphiwe Mdunge.
“With these funds we want our members to reach tertiary level.”

They also have a breakfast club where they provide children with cereal, juice and fruit three days a week before they leave for school.
“We have a feeding scheme that is held every Saturday where we conduct music and drama classes.
“We also have another feeding scheme at the KwaDabeka Clinic every Thursday where we give patients sandwiches and fruit.
“We started this programme after seeing that a lot of people are on medication and they leave home without even having breakfast.”

“Our Learn to Learn Programme teaches our members to be responsible and give back to the community. We give them tasks like cleaning around the community and by doing so we give them points.
“Once they have reached a certain number of points they are able to buy food parcels with those points.”

The biblical programme teaches members about the word of God.
“The Bible also teaches the children on how to behave themselves as well as how to tackle challenges they face. We also go to Christiansburg School in Clermont where we teach pupils biblical studies and provide them with food.”

At the moment the project doesn’t have a permanent sponsor and they are looking for sponsors.
For more information on Clermont Arts Development Programme phone Mbutho on 084 732 9424.

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