Concert for Peace

 


On the 5th of September, we partnered with the Ubuntu Peace Project and co-sponsored a concert for peace at the Durban City Hall. The aim of this concert was to encourage South Africans to address the problem of crime and join together as one, regardless of colour, creed or gender and work towards a peaceful solution. It was an entertaining day and deemed a resounding success.

The Paw-Paw Foundation Choir performed much to the delight of the audience as did Idol’s Lizé, Lendell, the classical saxophonist Maxine Matthews, the KZN Youth Wind Band, the Opera Kings and many others.             

This concert was a great platform to get our name and our choir out in the public eye and we plan, in partnership with the Ubuntu Peace Project, to hold concerts for peace around South africa and in time, internationally. We hope this message will be the springboard to a new consciousness  amongst communities and South Africans attitude will change from that of victim , to one of an empowered victor.












In the new year we are planning to embark on another skills development project by partnering with ELF projects who are an organisation that addresses the problem of adult literacy and sets up literacy programs for children.

Other developments:

A talented young Clarinetist named Nokwanda has been a special project of ours this year. She was in an abusive home environment with very little by way of food, financial support or transport to school. She would walk to school daily and arrive late missing  her lessons, feeling faint as she hadn’t eaten. We arranged a place for her in her school’s hostel and gave her pocket money for everyday necessities. She never expected to go to her Matric Farewell Dance, due to the costs involved in such. We stepped in to assist and the delight on her face when she bought her dress was pure joy. This young girl has a real zest for life and is trying hard to beat the odds that are stacked against her. She hopes to study journalism next year - watch this space!



We are planning our second annual                                  Christmas Shoebox Drive. The   shoeboxes comprise of basic necessities (underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, facecloths, deodorant, pens and pencils for school) as well as a few treats and toys for some 300 hundred children.

We are approaching volunteers to assist in this regard, as well as sponsors to pay for the contents of the boxes.

At our crèche in Inchanga we will be           hosting a Christmas party on the 16th of December and are expecting over 200 children to attend.

The remaining boxes will be giving out to other organisations we support.