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stances she may be facing. This collaboration will offer young women opportunities to overcome their harsh realities by offering them practical tools to transform and enhance positive transformation through sharing circles, mentoring, dancing and the creative arts.”


Once a month, on a Sunday, the girls are transport- ed from Khayelitsha to the sponsored venue in Cape Town. They explore Rhythms dancing, reflection time, creative sessions and vegetarian lunches. Various themes are discussed such as feelings and emo- tions, relationships with food & healthy eating, or their dreams and goals. Xoli realized that their goals, aspi- rations and self esteem was quite low so she has cre- ated fun-filled ways to inspire them and offer the girls tools and opportunities they were lacking.


These 12 girls are not only learning tools to empower themselves but they are also taking what they are learn- ing into their homes and into their communities. They are teaching their mothers about healthy eating, they are initiating reading clubs with their peers and they are helping friends who have dropped out of school. They are not only more in-tune with themselves and their feelings but their English has improved, they are now self confident, they are doing better in school and they are sharing their empowerment with others.


Asemahle, one of the girls, describes these Sunday sessions as ‘Heaven’. She says it is a safe-space where she can let go of her burdens. Nandiphn says she has learned to share and be comfortable with talking to someone else and is not afraid to show her emotions or cry any more. They have learned to trust,


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