Educational Leadership & Literacy through Jazz:

Investing in South Africa's future

  The children's program at eKhaya eKasi, our center in Khayelitsha, South Africa, is growing.
  The first literacy camp drew 40 participants. Jazz-based activities were the most effective
  teaching tools and revealed the need for greater South African music history education.
  Conducted through cooperation of staff and volunteers, expansion requires an educational 
  leader to oversee curriculum development and implementation.
 
  Our goals for 2015 are twofold: hiring an Education Coordinator for eKhaya eKasi, and
  publishing a South African Jazz Coloring Book.  Details & coloring book images here.
 
  Your tax-deductible donation will increase educational opportunities for Khayelitsha's children
  and support the development of South African's next generation.  Donate here.

Wanted: Babies & Books!
 
  In response to shortages of educational supplies in Khayelitsha, Art Aids Art is collecting
  new and gently used infant Black dolls and multicultural children's books.
 
  Our next donation deadline is December 31. Dolls and books will be included in a special
  shipment to eKhaya eKasi Center, our art and education center in South Africa. 
 
  Literature has the power to deeply engage children in learning. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
  was a favorite during our literacy intensive in March (see the video here). We have just
  received new footage of students who committed the story to memory and, six months later,
  are still performing it in our after school program!  Click here to see them in action.
Rooftop Garden Blooms
  

  eKhaya eKasi’s rooftop garden has become a focal point for the Khayelitsha community.  As 

  one passerby noted, “Each day I love to see how the beautiful plants have grown. It is the
  highlight of my walk home.”  Thanks to the loving care of our gardener Thabang, as well as
  donations from U.S. supporters and Uthando, the garden yielded its largest harvest ever.
 

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