The Jikeleza (Xhosa: “turn around” or “pirouette”) Dance Project was established in April 2002. It currently teaches dance (African, contemporary, Spanish, and classical ballet) and music (marimbas and drumming).
The project serves children and young people from the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, the Hangberg Harbour community in Hout Bay, and at the Learn-to-Live Program for street children in Green Point.
The project seeks to motivate, transform, and celebrate these communities by supporting their children, young people, and families to create cultural and economic value, resources, and opportunities.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Educational Software (Any), Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Printer Cartridges (Any), Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops (Any)
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.