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Keiskamma Port Alfred Expansion

Keiskamma Port Alfred Expansion

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The Keiskamma Music Academy aims to meet the growing need for skills development in the Port Alfred community.  Children and the youth desperately need the opportunity to learn a skill which will provide them with career opportunities and take them off of the streets.  This fundraising campaign aims to ensure the sustainability of the program and purchase much-needed equipment.  

The Keiskamma Music Academy will bring skills development and employment to the youth of Port Alfred.  The music program has provided employment, opportunities and skills for hundreds of children over the past 16 years.  Many of our alumni are university students and graduates.  Their success attests to the success of the program.  Music has changed lives emotionally, psychologically, socially and academically.  Music teaches a child the skills of self-discipline, perseverance, problem-solving skills as well as teamwork.  This powerful project continues to change lives on a daily basis.

Vocal teacher costs (Full time) R 40,000.00
2 Part-time teachers R 30,000.00
Musical instruments R 10,000.00
Food R 20,000.00


  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 549.90
  • "An amazing organization. Well done community and teachers. " - Mary

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 520.00
  • "This donation is to buy 2 recorders @R60 ea and pay for 4 months' lessons @R100/lesson" - Sue Gordon

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Donations to date

R 1 040.00

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Keiskamma Art Project

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The Keiskamma Trust is a South African not-for-profit organization dedicated to the wholistic care of the communities that live in the area alongside the Keiskamma River in the Eastern Cape. We combine health, art, music, and education initiatives in an integrated fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS, working to restore hope and health to every member of our community. The Trust uses art and heritage/tourism to alleviate the long-standing poverty and unemployment in the communities of Hamburg, Bodium, and Ntilini. 

As part of the Keiskamma Trust, the Keiskamma Art Project began in 2000, founded by the Xhosa community with the help of its first director, artist, and doctor, Dr. Carol Hofmeyr. The Art Project specifically holds the vision of a community-driven and inspired operation that works to develop creative skills in order to empower women and young members of the community with the opportunity of turning inherent talents into real income-generating activities. The Art Project supplies training in identified areas, such as design, craft skills, management skills in coordination, production, finances, computing, that are useful for the running of the Art studio and its shop. 

The Art Project, in particular, is designed to treat unemployment which is at a rate of over 90% in our villages. The Art Project remains the flagship project of the Keiskamma Trust. Today, the Keiskamma Art Project comprises a talented group of developing artists who communicate through their artworks using embroidery, beadwork, felt techniques, ceramics, and wire art. We are famous for our large scale monumental artworks, from the Keiskamma Tapestry, about 200m long, on permanent exhibition at the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town to The Keiskamma Altarpiece which has toured North America and England for two years in the most prestigious cathedrals, such as Washington and Southwark. The work from the Art Project showcases local culture, heritage and environment through alluring textile works, bead, and wire-works which aid in the archiving of the Eastern Cape rural collective memory and preservation of oral history. We have permanent major works in several national and international collections including the University of South Africa and the University of Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan museum permanent collections. We also make a range of smaller craft items that we readily supply to a number of retail outlets and galleries across South Africa. We are dependent upon this income, as well as relying on smaller commissions and exhibitions to remain sustainable.