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Driving our kids to music

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“When I am with the choir, I feel like somebody who is worth something.” 

14-year-old Rachel’s face lit up as she uttered these words. She is one of 40 young members of the Junior Rosa Choir, established by the Cape Cultural Collective in 2016.

The Cape Cultural Collective focuses on communities in the City of Cape Town. The CCC unites communities and promotes personal and community development through the Arts.

The children -aged 10 to 14 -are from Manenberg, Langa, Kalksteenfontein, Gugulethu, Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. Many of their families face a daily struggle for survival. They battle to make a living and put food on the table. Some experience the trauma of gang violence. 

For a few hours every week they can relax and experience the joy of singing together without restraint. They gather for practices under the guidance of a qualified music teacher, singing in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. The excitement and the energy are palpable as the young ones express themselves in their regular sanctuary. 

Their confidence and self-esteem grow visibly. Singing together breaks down cultural, language and spatial divisions. Music improves their learning abilities and promotes harmony among the singers. They also participate in performances, an annual concert and a summer camp.

The partners in the initiative are the CCC and the Denis Goldberg House of Hope, an arts development center in Hout Bay inspired by the late Rivonia trialist who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 along with Nelson Mandela and others. About 16 children from the Hangberg and Imizamo yethu communities are part of the choir. 

One of our biggest needs to ensure the sustainability of the project is transport. The junior Rosa Choir would simply die without a comprehensive transport network. Great care is taken to ensure the children are transported to and from their homes each week for choir practice, as well as on various outings. 

Transportation is expensive. It makes up half of the choir’s costs each year. Some of the factors that drive up the costs of transport are high petrol prices and long distances which result from the legacy of spatial arrangements during the time of segregation.

R30 000 is urgently needed so that the children can continue their magical experience of singing, developing and moving around the City.

Please donate generously and invest in our future generation!

Donations

  • May 13, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Go CCC go!" - Kari Cousins

  • May 12, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Keep it up!" - Supporter

  • May 09, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you!" - Tamlyn

  • May 06, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "This choir's performance lifts me up to another level!" - Terry Harper

  • May 05, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • May 05, 2022 - USD $ 64.57
  • "Keep ip the good work" - Anonymous

  • May 04, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "The Junior Rosa Choir is a shining beacon of positivity,hope and love. They have fun their, and enjoyment, and much laughter. " - Anonymous

  • May 04, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Keep up the singing!

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 29, 2022 - USD $ 62.53
  • "thank you" - julia r

  • Apr 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Music is life. Singing a full throated affirmation of life. Keep it up!" - Zenariah

  • Apr 29, 2022 - R 1 650.00
  • "Love from Amsterdam to my amazing CT cultural family." - Tulip

  • Apr 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck!!!" - MP

  • Apr 28, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "Keep the good work " - YG

  • Apr 23, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Music heals and connects people. Keep up the good work!" - Arts lover

  • Apr 22, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hope we get to hear you guys sing! Good luck x " - Leeann Goodier

  • Apr 22, 2022 - USD $ 64.90
  • "Hope you meet target and get to sing ️ " - Belinda Swan

  • Apr 22, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck!" - Danny

  • Apr 22, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "pleased to support such a much needed initiative." - malcolm campbell

  • Apr 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "The children are the future. " - MarYam

  • Apr 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "May CCC continue to thrive, and may the children reap lifelong benefit from the therapeutic value of music." - Anonymous

  • Apr 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for giving these children the recognition they deserve!" - Carol

  • Apr 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Great work. Support our future generations." - MH Jaffer

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 10 291.97

Fundraising target

R 30 000.00
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Cape Cultural Collective

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Since 2007, the Cape Cultural Collective has grown into a powerful movement.

We bring people together through arts and culture and promote personal and collective development.

We run regular cultural programmes and concerts, have three choirs and about 100 singers, and have published a poetry anthology. Run an annual camp for our junior singers and do theatre productions and human rights programmes. 

The CCC actively promotes equality and justice through our programmes. We also seek to build shared citizenship and humanity in a social context with many divides.