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Handevat Music

Funds Raised:
R 13 267
Fundraising Target:
R 25 000

Personal message

The year 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Few events in our lifetime have, without regard for status or geography, affected all citizens globally like this present pandemic. All at present share similar fears and uncertainty. In the long term, however, consequences will be vastly different for different groups of people. The financial difficulties for some might mean forgoing a holiday but for others might entail real hunger. 

Most people would agree on the importance of arts and culture for society, but also that in times of need they be put on the back burner. Yet in these pandemic times, it is the music from balconies, in parking areas and empty gardens that put a smile on people's faces! It is the intangible things of the human spirit that lift us - so we can soar above the circumstances of our everyday existence, so we can be free. It is these things that are embedded in our culture and find expression in our art that define our humanity. These are the things that give hope in a time where many people are isolated and lonely. 

In South Africa we know the feelings of desperation that people may experience, creating a vicious circle of poverty, crime and feelings of inferiority and rejection. One project addressing this situation is the long-running Handevat project of the ATKV:  "Handevat" in Afrikaans means "taking hands", where a "privileged school" had to form a team with a "disadvantaged school" to work on a meaningful project together. In 2006 Stefné van Dyk entered this competition with a music project for the two primary schools in Caledon, Overberg- and Swartberg Primary.   They won second prize in this national competition. When Stefné "retired" to Betty's bay in 2013, she started a "Handevat Music Project" again. This time it was in Kleinmond (, teaching children of all races, regardless of social standing, to make music. The project escalated from 30 children in 2013 to 117 in 2020. (See our website for accounts of present and past participants of the Handevat music project, and how it has changed their lives).

Children from as young as 7 years old start playing the recorder, marimbas and djembes. When they have proved their dedication and commitment students can advance to more challenging instruments like the trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano. The project is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO – 226-287) and PBO (930068873). It is normally funded by donations from the local community and by fund-raising projects such as golf days, workshops and music concerts. With current restrictions, numerous planned fund-raising events had to be cancelled, leaving the project in desperate need of funds. If you would like to become involved in any way or have spare instruments to donate, please contact us at [email protected]  We can also provide an Article 18A receipt, tax benefit or BEE letter if needed. 

Follow the project on Facebook too at Handevat Music Project Kleinmond.



  • Oct 28, 2020 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wow, you guys are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • Aug 30, 2020 - USD $ 38.03 Fees covered
  • "....keep up the good work!" - Judy Schneringer

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • Aug 28, 2020 - USD $ 31.73 Fees covered
  • "What an AMAZING project! All the best!!!!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best" - Anon

  • Jul 15, 2020 - USD $ 31.46 Fees covered
  • "Happy to help. All the best with this venture Axolile." - Megan Butt

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Begin at the beginning and you will cherish the end. This end is forever the moment of experiencing music from your beating heart." - Happy to Help

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 93.48 Fees covered
  • "Baie liefde vir ongelooflike mense wat rerig 'n verskil in ander se lewens maak. Dink aan julle en julle studente in hierdie moeilike tyd!" - Rhoni

  • Jul 13, 2020 - R 900.00
  • "Congratulations Handevat, you all are doing such an amazing job with these youngsters. Keep up the good work. Axolile I remember when we started together, under Stefn√©. And look at us now." - Addin Booysen

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 26.09 Fees covered
  • "Best of luck Axolile! I will always cherish my memories of our time in orchestra together! I wish you the best! " - Ryan Jensen

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 62.32 Fees covered
  • "Great project Axolile! All my love and best wishes to you and your dear students. They are in very capable hands. " - Myles Roberts

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 31.16 Fees covered
  • "Good luck, this looks like a fantastic project!" - Henri Cloete

  • Jul 12, 2020 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Voorspoed met projek in moeilike tyd. Sterkte!" - Elbe Fourie

  • Jul 12, 2020 - USD $ 75.00
  • "You are awesome!" - Ritik

  • Jul 12, 2020 - USD $ 79.13 Fees covered
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Anon

  • Jul 11, 2020 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Wonderful project!" - Susi

  • Jul 11, 2020 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "I believe every form of music is important and that music in itself forms an essential part of our lives. All the best to you." - Rian

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • Jun 01, 2020 - USD $ 60.48 Fees covered
  • "All the best from Australia :-)" - Shane

  • May 30, 2020 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Keep up the hard work!" - Marcel

  • May 28, 2020 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Keep rocking" - Anonymous

  • May 06, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck" - Louis

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Fundraising target

R 25 000.00

Donations to date

R 13 267.05

Handevat Music Project

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Developing music talents in children from ages 7 to 18, assisting and mentoring of young people to become music coaches, whilst assisting the community to work together to create a better future for all.