Lebone Village Arts, Crafts and Cultural Hub

Lebone Village: Climate-resilient arts, crafts and cultural hub

The aim of this project is to capacitate Lebone Village (a safe haven for vulnerable children) to provide a green building entrepreneurial environment for their youths to generate an income after completion of secondary education. The objectives for the project are to:

  1. capacitate Lebone Village and the local community to build a climate-resilient arts and craft cultural hub and a permaculture garden,
  2. mentor the Lebone youth on engaging with green building entrepreneurial activities,
  3. document and film the project, and,
  4. develop a green social entrepreneurial implementation model and manual that can be replicated in similar projects in developing countries

The project launched spectacularly on 18 July- Mandela day. A variety of green building activities will be hosted on Mandela day. The activities showed how green building practices can lead to less reliance on government intervention, while creating conducive environments for self-sustainability, cultural preservation and open up opportunities to green social entrepreneurial activities.

Research collaborators (UFS): Centre for Development Support, Department of, Institute for Ground Water Studies, Department of Occupational Therapy

Collaborators external: Lebone Village, Peter McIntosh (Natural Building Collective), Qala Phelang Tala- Start Living Green and the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (an initiative of the University of the Free State and Vryfees), Los Tecnicos