Our Field of Work

Our Field of Work

The Truth

Of the 56 million South Africans, more than half, live in poverty and an estimated 17 million suffer from anxiety disorder.

Our Youth

Only 1% of 2 300 youngsters sampled in Soweto, Johannesburg, had not been exposed to violence in the community, home, or school by the time they were 24 years old. Shockingly, over 60% in every single age group were victims of personal violence.

The Stats

According to the same study around 90% of children are exposed to violence at primary school, and for adolescents it is around 50%


Who do we work with

Trauma creates severe pressure, anxiety and distress that may lead to the inability to function, learn and reaching one's full potential. Trauma is not only 'contagious', but is also intergenerationally passed on. The cycle is never ending unless we are able to to acknowledge this and address the ongoing crisis. This can be done by supporting our education system through creative art therapies

Some of the key ideas about the symptoms and effects of trauma that have recently been researched and proven:

  • Children cannot access their cognitive thinking; reducing them to problem solve from their primal brain. Here they have 3 options to choose from: fight, flight, freeze.
  • Children’s brain function and development are affected. Children’s capacity for memorising is severely hampered.
  • Children that are traumatised cannot effectively ‘hear’ language as that part of the brain is affected when triggered.
  • Children cannot ‘speak’ or express themselves through language when triggered.
  • Children cannot relate to their peers or teachers as normal communication is affected by either shutting down or becoming aggressive and acting out.
  • Children’s physical bodies are affected leading to more illnesses and absenteeism.
  • The discovery of Mirror neurons in the brain and how they influence our behaviour suggests that trauma can be contagious. One traumatised child in a class can affect and disrupt a whole class.

It is further proven that traumatised individuals struggle to form healthy relationships and function in socially appropriate ways. Education may fail unless educators and parents learn to support traumatised learners by creating safe spaces in their classrooms.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.