On the 1st of June 2016, Singamakhalipha programme held a book launch as part of its fundraising strategies. The Programme is part of Africa Unite which provides holistic, psychosocial support for vulnerable children living in disadvantaged communities (Township) in the Gugulethu District.
The Launch was hosted at the 6 Spin Street Restaurant – Cape Town. The book was the accumulation of work by the Singamakhalipha facilitators who worked hard with the children in the programme to compile their own stories through poetry and creative writing. These stories were published in a book, titled Brave Warriors.
The Launch was attended by over 40 guests. Most of these guests were individuals and representatives from companies and organisations who were interested in supporting this initiative. Through a documentary video the audience had the opportunity to learn about the different activities undertaken by Singamakhalipha in Gugulethu District to support more than 200 children. They were very impressed to see that most of the Singamakhalipha staff are also youth who are coming from different backgrounds.
The Launch was accompanied by entertainment from exquisite and talented upcoming young artists, such as the dynamic duo of Malibongwe Mati on the flute and Bastian Scheuringer on the ukulele guitar. They also listened to some of the poems read by the children of Singamakhalipha. These children had the chance to showcase their singing and dancing talents which they have learnt in the programme. The audience was again entertained by Malibongwe on the flute and Azola Mgogo, a young Singamakhalipha facilitator who played the drum and sang from her soul. During the Launch one of the parents’ representative in
the Singamakhalipha programme thanked Africa Unite and spoke about the positive impact of this programme in their communities. To close the event, Africa Unite Vice Chair-Person Nonhlanhla Chanza thanked all the guests present for their support. She also thanked the Africa Unite staff for their achievements with very little resources. While the audience were invited for light refreshments they were entertained by a young migrant from Malawi (Zane Fosse) and a young South African (Angela Stuurman), both singing and playing their guitars.
Good news is that, the book Brave Warriors is still available for a small contribution of R100 or USD7. If you wish to purchase a copy and read with your family, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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