The Butterfly Art Project
South Africans know about the healing properties of the artistic process and urge for capacity in art therapeutic skills.
The worldwide Corona Pandemic has become a challenge beyond fighting the virus. School closure and lockdown of several weeks mean that children are trapped in crowded, under resourced households not allowed to leave their yards. Many of them in one roomed dwellings, often stuck with addicted, violent, abusive individuals. People are suffering trauma, not only the pain of losing family members due to the virus but also the results of unemployment, isolation, lack of movement and lack of educational support for their children.
Butterfly Art Project (BAP) is an organisation with much understanding and experience in how to heal trauma wounds in society.
BAP trains, mentors and supports adults working with children in marginalised communities bringing psycho-social support though art.
These beneficiaries are BAP's Community Art Facilitators (CAFs). They establish art groups, in which their learned psycho-social skills are utilised and the child’s uniqueness is encouraged. BAP has 144 CAFs active in 64 communities, which have become a most valuable resource for the region and its future challenges. In 2019 we reached out to at least 4000 children through our CAFs in the Western Cape.
BAP´s theory of change for its children projects: Educators provide safe learning spaces and opportunities for children to explore, experience and develop creativity, to acknowledge and find appropriate ways of dealing with emotional hurt and pain and to heal. In the long term this will enable them to look at and approach life challenges and problems better. Healthier, more stable children grow into emotionally stronger adults resulting in them having stable families that contribute to healthy community lives.
The BAP implementation centre is based in our double storey building in Vrygrond were we serve a min of 300 children and youth weekly with healing art classes. Our training studio and team office is located in the garden courtyard of the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg. Next to the train station, making us accessible to those we serve.
In October 2020 we will celebrate 10 years of community service through tried and tested artistic programmes.
Angela Katschke, the founder and managing director of BAP, graduated as an art therapist from a German University in 1999. Since then she has been working in psychiatric, psychosomatic and psycho-therapeutic medicine with all age groups. Coming to South Africa in 2009, she specialised in the field of art therapy for traumatised children living in unsafe and unstable communities. She and BAPs deputy director, Gardie Judge, leads a team of 11 passionate full-time staff and approximately 21 contracted trainers and facilitators.
Donations to dateR 299 928.56
Fundraising targetR 394 000.00
Funds raised offlineR 171 468.00
My sister and I have sold badges to raise money for BAP. What you’re doing is SO important. Thank you.
Keep up the splendid work, and many thanks to Kate for highlighting it.
I hope my tiny donation will add a little something to this great cause