We are thrilled to announce another collaborative project with Black Bean Productions featuring Lalela Project, a program that provides after-school arts education to children in grades 1-12 from an at-risk community called Imizamo Yetho in Hout Bay, South Africa.
Lalela Project serves as a safe haven for children during the holidays and vulnerable after school hours. Here, they can explore the arts through self-expression and creation. The year-round workshops and leadership programs developed by Lalela Project encourage children to develop their creative and social skills, thereby leading to higher academic achievement, personal development, and civic engagement.
Consequently, children experience the empowerment that keeps them from falling subject to the many hardships and threats their community faces, including gang violence, physical/substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and extreme poverty. Thanks to our collaborative work with the team at Black Bean Productions, this short film shines a light onto the power of the arts and how it has changed, and continues to change these children’s lives for the better.