Kids get creative at programme

2018-07-24 06:01
The completed mural done by the kids.

The completed mural done by the kids.

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Over 30 children from the Muizenberg and Capricorn attended a holiday programme with a difference at the Muizenberg Youth Project.

“The Muizenberg Youth Project is a small youth-focused organisation aimed at offering interesting and creative alternatives for children who are stuck at home or wandering the streets because their parents cannot afford the expensive holiday programmes that are offered privately. Also, the organisation aims at bringing the diverse range of children who live in Muizenberg and Capricorn together so that they can meet, interact, learn together, have fun and make friends,” says Barbara Meyer, the founder member and project organiser of the Muizenberg Youth Project.

She attended the community art facilitator training programme at the Butterfly Art Project in Vrygrond and used this training to run a three-week holiday programme in Muizenberg. About 10 of the children came from Vrygrond, while about 20 children came from Muizenberg. Some children came from Retreat, Khayelitsha, Fish Hoek and the northern suburbs.

“It was very important that all children, black, white, coloured, Christian, Muslim, South African, foreign nationals, those who live in townships and those who live in towns, came together to play and make friends.”

The All Saints Anglican Church in Muizenberg offered their church hall to the youth project as the venue for the programme. The programme ran four mornings a week for three weeks.

In the first week they ran the Superhero Puppet-making programme, and the children got to make a very special superhero puppet, who would stand up for them when times got tough. The children made an original range of puppets, ranging from Super Moms and grandpas to dogs, cats and fairies. The children also went to visit the Butterfly Art Project Superhero exhibit in Cape Town and to the Company’s Garden for a picnic.

“We followed a programme called Creative Interaction in the second week,” says Meyer.

“This programme was also developed by the Butterfly Art Project to foster group work through art. I thought this was so important because people living in Muizenberg and Capricorn don’t really see each other, they live past each other. If the children can get together and make friends then maybe there will be better relations in the future.”

The programme focused on working together and overcoming differences through art. The themes were how the children fit into a group, respecting each other, giving up the individual to improve the group, social skills, sharing, different personality types and creating a team. They worked with clay, acrylic paint, oil pastels and collage and created beautiful works of art.

In week three, the children discussed issues in their community and how they would solve them. They listed bullying, fighting, drunkenness, rape and being called names, as their biggest worries. They also created individual images of their worries and then combined them into one piece of art as a solution. The children then worked together to create a mural about how they would like the community to be. They then transferred it onto a wall and painted it. Afterwards they celebrated with a boerewors braai, cooldrink, chips, cupcakes and lots of photos.

Every day, each child and volunteer received a warm meal, fruit, juice and water and each child paid R10 a day. If parents could afford more, they were welcome to pay the extra money. Meyer didn’t want cost to be a deterrent because a parent could not pay. Five volunteers and four members of the church took care of the kids, and 10 adults ensured the workshops ran smoothly.

“The Muizenberg Youth Project exists on donations and the goodwill of others. It is volunteer based until it secures funding. This holiday programme was made possible with the support of dedicated volunteers, the Butterfly Art Project, the generous use of the All Saints Muizenberg Church hall, a donation from Mids, and the support of parents, individuals, organisations and businesses in Muizenberg,” says Meyer.

V Email Barbara at muizenbergyouthproject@­


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