PURPOSE: To transfer skills and empower youth and women from different religious and cultural backgrounds who are unemployed
‘Connecting the Dots’ is an innovative and creative group from Johannesburg, South Africa, created with a purpose of empowering and developing skills of the youth and women in the Alexandra Township. They want to empower not only themselves but people within their community, as a group with one voice in their diversity. As a group, their main activities revolve around the creation of crafts and fashion items based on local and traditional designs. Items such as jackets made from African prints, African dolls, and beadwork are made and sold; creating employment and skills training for the unemployed women in the area. The funds raised from these sales then go towards a ‘Rights of Passage’ camp, for the young people. This camp offers a space to build bridges between young people and encourage dialogue about ethnic and cultural differences. Using dialogue and experiential work, they assist young boys and girls to adjust through puberty, understanding each other’s diverse backgrounds, socio-economic differences, cultural differences, and seeking common ground while valuing embracing and appreciating each other’s diversity.
Ms. Philile Nina Bongwe
S A BLVD Street, Tsutsumani apt 203