Lavender Hill, an area situated on the southeast of Cape Town, is one of the most dangerous places for a child to grow-up in South Africa. Poverty, sexual and domestic violence, substance abuse and young gangs fight have a negative impact on children’s mental health living in the community. The Lavender Hill Project aims to offer psychosocial support to vulnerable children through a range of music interventions based on Music Therapy principles which include music therapy sessions.
Specifically, the Lavender Hill Project intends to:
- Help children and young people living in the community of Lavender Hill to strengthen their internal and relational resources (sense of mastery, belonging and independence);
- Offer them a secure and creative space to freely express their fears, emotional and social isolation, and impotence;
- Break the cycle of violence they are victims of;
- Offer them resilience models in order to become active agents of change in their own lives and their communities.
- 240 students, ages 9-14, of the Prince George Primary School in Lavender Hill;
- 13 parents of the children participating to the Music-Therapy Program.
Between January and November 2018, MusicWorks, also with Alta Mane support, has developed a range of music interventions intended to 240 children and youth at risk of the Prince George Primary School of the community of Lavender Hill. More specifically, 2 music-therapists, 1 clinical psychologist and 3 Community Musicians, organized: 21 music therapy sessions as a means to strengthen their internal and relations resources (sense of mastery, belonging and independence); 35 annual gumboot dance and marimba percussion workshops, intended to develop their leadership skills in order to become active agents of change in their own lives and their communities; 2 music workshops attended by 31 students and 13 parents; a marimba performance during the prestigious Schools Music Festival at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, on September 24, 2018, as well as a school concert (October 16-17, 2018) at the Prince George Primary School featured by 36 students.