Exciting news for Makokoba, a small community just outside of Bulawayo! Makokoba is the oldest township in the area, known for it's overcrowding and struggles with crime, prostitution, and drugs. It is estimated that 50% of the population is made up of youth. Lewis Ndlovu, founder of Drums of Peace, has given many kids a positive outlet through drumming and the arts. He has been a strong role model in the neighborhood for years and intends to continue pressing in through expanding his drum program, KIDS (Khanyisa Isibane Drumming School). Using Thabiso Youth Center as a meeting ground, Lewis hopes to build on to his drum program to offer a safe place after school, providing academic support, arts and cultural enrichment, music, recreation, and nutrition. He is calling this project, "UMuntu nguMuntu ngaBantu - I am because you are."
Lewis's aim is to utilize the Youth Center and work with young people that are willing to do something in a collaborative effort to improve their daily lives, themselves, their families, and the community.
We believe that this collaborative effort is between more than Lewis and his staff and the kids in the community. We believe that we can be a part of empowering these kids even from far. If you'd like to help fund this project through providing salary for tutors, purchasing academic supplies, or musical instruments, please CONTACT US or visit our INVEST page.