Art Shows and Running Clubs

In Sweetwaters there are no organized after-school activities for children or teens. The schools do not have sports teams that compete against each other, and there are no after-school cultural activities. Here’s two cool after-school clubs that iThemba has been involved with lately. These after-school clubs not only keep kids off the street and doing something productive, but they also give children a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Both of these programmes also help to link the community of Sweetwaters/Mpumuza with the community of Hilton. Ever wonder what hope really looks like? Here are two tangible examples:

Running Club: In a partnership with the JAG foundation, Thulani, one of our discipleship fieldworkers, has a running club with some students from Mashaka school. This club meets after school for training and this term they are competing against other high-schools in the area. Many of these schools are very privileged– they are some of the best schools in our country! It is so much fun to give these students a chance to compete (and do REALLY WELL!) in this context. At their recent meet at Maritzburg College, many of the students placed within the top 15 in their section (each section had up to 150 runners). This week, the students are competing at Michael House boys boarding school.

Warming up and ready to go!

Warming up and ready to go!

Time to stretch

Time to stretch

Nompilo running hard

Nompilo running hard

The team

The team

Art Club: Anna has been running an after-school art club for eighth grade students at Mashaka. Every week for the past 3 months, these 24 students have faithfully come and done art-projects. Anna just arranged  an art exhibition so the students could show their work to their parents and the community. Members of the Hilton community also attended. The students received awards for their participation,  and the school choir sang and danced. It was great to see students so proud of the work they had done.

Students proud of their work!

Students proud of their work!

Anna with some of her students, and their certificates

Anna with some of her students, and their certificates

Visitors from the Hilton community also came to see the art.

Visitors from the Hilton community also came to see the art.

some of the artwork done by the gr8 after-school club

some of the artwork done by the gr8 after-school club

Some students showing off their work.

Some students showing off their work.

Anna and the Mashaka art teacher, who teaches during the week.

Anna and the Mashaka art teacher, who teaches during the week.

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