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Dear Friends,

It is with pride that Imbali Western Cape announces the involvement of the National Lotteries Commission in their recognition of the Imbali Visual Literacy Project with their grant of R450 000.

The PJ Oliver Art Centre forms an integral part of the Stellenbosch community regarding education and a portion of the NLC Grant has been dedicated to the further education of children who, on a voluntary basis, have attended art classes in their rural village of Kylemore.
On Friday 28th July nine learners registered in this historical school which is fully equipped with specialised facilities required for art education. Here they will be given the opportunity to do a course in general art where they are exposed to all the practical disciplines. They will be able to choose one of the visual art disciplines to specialise in - such as drawing, printing, photography, painting, sculpture or ceramics - to gain self-expression, engage meaningfully, and respond to their world.

Once, only a dream, will now become a reality for Tashwin Olivier, Jade-Will Malan, Claudette James, Pierre-Luke Isaacs, twins Moneefa and Moneesha Conradie, Nazley Cupido, Frengeline Farao, and Wilton Claasen, as they enrol for an opportunity that will stimulate and develop their intellect, engage their creative imagination through tactile experiences and the innovative use of materials and technology in realising their ideas. A life-changing prospect and an opportunity for a career in the long term.
We thank our Prime Sponsors - the Podlashuk Charity Foundation, and in particular the late Mrs Fredagh Podlashuk, who in 2001 recognised the value of visual art in the education of children. In a Trustees meeting in her historical Bellingham Homestead, recognised as a National Monument and today owned by The Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation Trust, Fredagh took a painting off the wall in the drawing room and said "Jeanne darling, auction this – it will give you funds to start the Imbali Visual Literacy Project in your community in Kylemore". And that it certainly did.
Thank you Fredagh and the Podlashuk Charity Foundation for the ongoing support and your continued recognition of this truly marvellous art educational programme. Today more than 200 learners are sponsored in weekly art workshops under the guidance of retired Principal Alexis Hanslo and art teachers Leonie Twine, Theo van der Merwe, Ursula Windsor from the Children’s Art Centre in Cape Town, and our very own Jeanette Fritz from P.C Petersen Primary School, as well as Aunty Rosie Williams, retired Principal of the Frank’s Heaven Crèche in Kylemore.

Bless you for caring and for the joy, love and empowerment that this project continues to invest in the children of Kylemore.
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za
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