Can It Be 10 Years?
When we started as a part-time volunteer project to provide books and black dolls to South
African child care centers, we didn't know where it would lead. Ten years later, working in
partnership with local residents, and with generous participation by people across the USA
and overseas, Art Aids Art now operates education, literacy, health and economic
development programs that have impacted thousands of lives.
serves as an oasis of support for Khayelitsha families affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS.
The Mamas are Mobile!
Launched in 2012, our Wheels for Women initiative was designed to support self-sufficiency
for South African mothers launching small businesses. The high cost and instability of public
transportation prevents many startups from sourcing materials and marketing products.
Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, Art Aids Art upgraded a beautiful VW
van for eKhaya eKasi Centre that provides these entrepreneurs with the ability to source
materials, market handcrafts, attend training programs and engage in research. In the
AIDS capital of the world, women's capacity to achieve independence can be life-saving.
(As an added bonus, our children's programs can participate in educational field trips.)
We will keep you updated on the achievements of these remarkable women. Thank you!
Jungle Justice 2013
In January, ten Occupational therapy graduate students from New York University flew to
South Africa for Art Aids Art's annual service learning trip. After visiting hospitals to expand
their understanding of local OT practice, they shared their therapeutic skills and knowledge
with residents of Khayelitsha.
Working with the seniors group and members of the Women's Skills Development Program, these passionate students demonstrated strategies for improving posture during daily
activities (chocolate chip cookies, anyone?) and self-care through stretching. The week
including photos of elders receiving their very first massages!
Beads of Change meets Project Runway
Women at eKhaya eKasi have launched Beads of Change, a microbusiness designed to
benefit communities in both South Africa and overseas. Your organization, school or faith
community can order custom beaded pins with your logo -- ideal for fundraisers, special
events or thank you gifts.
Beads of Change hit the big time with their first customer, Mondo Guerra of TV's Project
Runway, who asked them to create a beaded version of his winning Pozitivity print. For the
full story and details of how to order pins, click here.