what we do

Many young South Africans face tough social problems as a result of marginalisation. Increasingly HIV affects children and young people in terms of new infections and related psychosocial effects of bereavement, poverty and sibling care. ‘AIDS fatigue’ leads many young people to ignore traditional schools-based HIV education. Disinterest, lack of life skills and low self-esteem mean many young people lack skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves from HIV infection. Coupled with misinformation, this results in high levels of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. Outside school hours many young people spend time on the street and are drawn easily in to crime, drug and alcohol misuse and early sexual activity. Gender inequalities mean girls and young women are especially vulnerable to HIV transmission 

Our programme aims to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable children through a structured programme of expressional art, participatory learning and narrative therapy

EARLY LEARNING

A simple ‘My healthy body’ curriculum for six to ten year olds 

COMMUNITY ACTION

A core segment of MADaboutART’s programme aims to mobilise community action, and so improve environmental health and hygeine, stimulate community repair and regeneration and raise social awareness of key issues

GROW TO LIVE

Our community vegetable growing project aims to encourage healthy eating and so minimise the effects of HIV and AIDS through improved nutrition and entrepreneurship. Children learn how to prepare, plant and maintain food gardens as well as how to prepare simple meals from food they grow

TURNING THE TIDE

This community action project aims to improve health and hygiene by tackling key environmental issues of poor nutrition and sanitation. Actions of individuals can be destructive to community environments and resident’s health eg trees cut for firewood/building material, water polluted by human sewage and animal carcasses, rubbish dumped, fires set in the bush. This project leads by example to educate young and old. Recycling is promoted as means of reducing pollution and destruction and building social conscience, developing creative skills and providing opportunity for income generation. The project creates a sense of belonging within the community and a sense of achievement in bringing about positive change 

COMMUNITY DISCOVERY TOURS

An innovative tourism experience focused around the community of Nekkies and the MADaboutART children’s centre. Visitors meet local homeowners and learn about local cultures. All profits are reinvested in support of MADaboutART and bringing resources and skills development to benefit the community directly