SAPPIN Lefika La Phodiso Impact Story

September 22, 2022

Lefika La Phodiso is Africa’s first organisation offering community art counselling training. Aptly named, Lefika La Phodiso means the rock of holding and healing. It is just this to the many children and adults who use this safe space as part of their recovery and growth. Lefika La Phodiso’s core areas of work, namely counselling and training, happen under the same roof, allowing for a meaningful symbiosis. Paper, paints, clay and recycled objects become transformative tools of creative expression, both joyous and cathartic. It is an equally pivotal place for the practitioners who are trained at the organisation with a view to offering accessible mental health services for children, in under-resourced communities. Based at the Children's Memorial Institute in Johannesburg, this optimum inner-city location is the ideal venue as it is accessible and secure. It’s also home to many important health-based organisations. As a member of SAPPIN, Lefika La Phodiso's work is strengthened by being able to offer programmes for parents in their community. This film demonstrates the benefit of being part of the SAPPIN Network and the impact of Lefika La Phodiso's work with parents.

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