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I have been racking my brain for months, trying to design a workshop that would prove to be a self-esteem builder while also teaching our students resiliency. As it turns out, all I had to do was have my students attend one of Hendrkus’ workshops! The empowerment, confidence and overall joy in the room throughout the two days was as infectious as it was incredible.

168-24 Kelsey Semeschuk

The beauty of these workshops is the power they hold in allowing students to express the fears and hopes they have about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other social injustice.  As a result of Art for AIDS, art has become a passion that allows me to speak up and translate feelings and insights I find so hard to vocalize and channel them to produce meaningful art.

 

167-07 Alex Halvorsen for FB

The workshop was brilliant, it took our minds off a lot of problems that we have as teenagers. Participating in it was therapeutic and helped me to de-stress. The information we got was useful.

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Having the opportunity to hear about this project actually helped me to realize that HIV/AIDS is a serious danger and it taught me to look after myself.

168-07 Brianna Kim - Alive for FB

[The Art for AIDS workshop] will impact me positively as it has proven to me that I do have the people skills to do something for my community. It also gave me an idea of how one can reach out to people and make a difference.

lofentse (28)

“This workshop had a good impact on me... I learn[ed] to express my feelings through art.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (11)

“It will help people (everybody), especially the ones who are HIV positive. This project plays a big role in their lives.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (8)

“The workshop was excellent... no one was discriminated [against], we were all equal.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (12)

“It helped me to find myself on the inside.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (91)

“Art is everything that surrounds us... even nature is art.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (47)

“[It taught me] that I could change one's life by just contributing my help to the community.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (11)

"It helped me to find myself on the inside."


Lofentse Girls High School

lofentse (8)

"Art is everything that surrounds us... even nature is art."


Lofentse Girls High School

lofentse (91)

"I gained so much information form the workshop [that] I'll be able to pass [on] to other people."


Lofentse Girls High School

Noordgesig S S  (125)

"This workshop taught me that HIV and AIDS kills. We must know our status and we must avoid having many partners and love ourselves, and care for other people."


Noordgesig Secondary School

lofentse (28)

"The workshop was excellent... no one was discriminated [against], we were all equal."


Lofentse Girls High School

lofentse (16)

"We were able to be open and we were given a chance to speak anything we wanted to say."


Lofentse Girls High School

lofentse (16)

“[The workshop helps] make us aware of the beauty of the earth... It made us know that you can make something out of things that people think are useless.”


Soweto, South Africa

Noordgesig S S  (172)

"[It taught me] that I could change one's life by just contributing my help to the community."


Soweto, South Africa

Noordgesig S S  (248)

"I will look at life in a different way when it comes to HIV and AIDS."


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (12)

“The more [this organization] becomes involved, the more it keeps us – youth - away from bad things [we] face.”


Lofentse Girls High School

lofentse (91)

“I gained more confidence in myself... I can now speak very openly without being shy.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (47)

“They helped me to find my passion in art.”


Soweto, South Africa

Aug1419

“[This workshop] has proven to me that I do have the people skills to do something for my community. It gave me an idea of how one can reach out to people and make a difference.”


Soweto, South Africa

Coronationville (27)

“The information about HIV in universities was shocking for me to hear... I never knew I could easily be infected.”


Johannesburg, South Africa

Aug1412

“Workshops like this should always take place.”


Soweto, South Africa

lofentse (12)

“It was the best workshop ever... It encouraged us and made us realize that anything is possible.”


Lofentse Girls High School

Aug1402

“This workshop was inspiring and it showed that all of us have a passion for art.... you just have to let it flow.”


Soweto, South Africa

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“I have just realized that I don't have to be a person infected or affected by a certain situation to help other[s] who are.”


Soweto, South Africa

Coronationville (52)

“We as teenagers must be aware of AIDS”


Johannesburg, South Africa

Art-for-AIDS-South-Africa-Workshops

“The workshop was brilliant. It took our minds off a lot of problems that we have as teenagers. Participating in it was therapeutic.”


Soweto, South Africa

Noordgesig S S  (153)

“This organization is using art as a form of speaking out to the people of the world.”


Soweto, South Africa

Noordgesig S S  (172)

“I have just realized that I don't have to be a person infected or affected by a certain situation to help other[s] who are.”


Soweto, South Africa

Coronationville (63)

“The workshop was a changing experience... it taught me a lot about HIV/AIDS, and how many people have and die from it.”


Johannesburg, South Africa

Coronationville (109)

“I enjoyed every moment with them... thank you guys for everything.”


Coronationville Secondary School

lofentse (16)

“The workshop was brilliant. It took our minds off a lot of problems that we have as teenagers. Participating in it was therapeutic.”


Soweto, South Africa

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“This workshop was inspiring and it showed that all of us have a passion for art.... you just have to let it flow.”


Soweto, South Africa

“I was really surprised about how many people have AIDS.  What I found even more surprising was how many people have low self-esteem. I really enjoyed this workshop and learned a lot.  I loved making the collages and showing how I felt through art.”


Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts