Vanderful / Seeds of hope across Africa
Due to the nature of our workshops, our journey takes us along coastal countries in Africa. However we are not limited to only collaborating with coastal towns.
Vanderful has established links and collaborations in: Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Cote D’ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you wish to join us or know of a community or establishment that would welcome a collaboration with our team!
February – March 2019
In collaboration with the Green House Study Centre, Vanderful had the opportunity to run their pilot project at this lovely place. 10 children built Paipo bodyboards and were able to try and test them out in the water together!
9 children participated in the 6 weeks of Expressive Arts and finished their workshop with their very own performance of ‘The Magic Library’.
We learnt a lot from this process and fed this knowledge into our further practice and the development of the Vanderful structure and concept.
Photos credit to Vanderful and Karin Retief Photography.
July – August 2019
Our first official project was lucky enough to be held in the beautiful little beach town, Tofo, in collaboration with Gutsakisana.
Our Expressive Arts workshops were very well attended and the children put on a spectacular performance ‘Acabou Coco’… all 72 of them!
Manuel shaped Tranquilo (in the video above) along with 6 other teenagers from the community, who shaped Alaia and Paipo boards. Manuel opened Manu Shapes and is continuing to make hollow wooden boards and host the boys who are shaping Alaias and creating Surf Wax.
Photos credit to Vanderful and Arjen Pennekamp.
Cabo Ledo, Angola
September – October 2019
Vanderful was generously hosted by the Carpe Diem Resort in the community of Cabo Ledo. In collaboration with Angola Waves and FADEN, also with a local boat builder Graiciano; Frankie and Gibbo mentored 6 individuals to shape Alaia and Paipo Boards.
They were also given the amazing opportunity to receive training from the ISA (The International Surfing Association) in Water Safety, Level 1 Surf instuctor and Surf Judging.
Our Expressive Arts workshops functioned with about 80 children strong; ending with the first drama production in this community; ‘Chega de Moscas, vamos limpar!’
October – November 2019
After making strong connections and relationships during Vanderful Angola, we were lucky enough to meet an inspirational woman; Olga. President of FADEN; Olga had been very present during our time in Cabo Ledo. She invited us to facilitate a version of our workshops at her social project: Projecto Cuerama.
Cuerama is a small village, far into central Angola along some unpassable roads. This was an extremely inspirational and unique experience. We condensed our workshops to 3 weeks. Due to being away from the ocean, ‘Craftsmanship’ made Chess Boards and the children learnt to play this mentally stimulating game.
Expressive Arts established their themes and performed short improvisations and English nursery rhymes. We worked with the entire school in Cuerama; all 500 children!