Rena Le Lona translated means ‘we are with you’.
The aim of the Centre is to provide children who have lost their parents to AIDS with the support that a normal society would render its children so as to give them the chance to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives.
The establishment of a Creative Centre aims to stimulate the healing process by:
Our aim is to meet the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and financial needs of each child, using the Arts as a medium of healing. To this end the children learn art, dance, drama, song. They learn to play musical instruments, to be comedians and to express themselves in all aspects of their lives.Once a child can create a picture from a blank sheet of paper, that child realises that the power to create can filter through to life itself...
Situated in a huge friendly house, Rena le Lona offers 117 children a safe place to spend their afternoons with coaches skilled in their art-form and committed to the children. All our coaches are male. This is unusual but welcome as almost all of our children have never known a father. A carefully planned program is put in place and each child chooses their particular timetable. Currently we offer two drama coaches, one for the beginners and one for the Advanced.
Two dance teachers offer ballet and a blend of Hip-Hop and jazz. The children have formed a choir; there is a drumming circle, and a constant input of Art from our resident Art teacher plus help from the University of Witwatersrand School of Teaching students.
Soccer is a must and a tennis team is now in place. A group of children study the recorder and a few have learnt to play the guitar. A full and nutritious meal is offered daily and the children take sandwiches home. Fifteen children do not have breakfast at home so one of our staff take their breakfast to their school early each morning.
Rena le Lona attempts to take the children out to the theatre, to art exhibitions, to the zoo or wherever they have the opportunity to experience another aspect of life. They have been to a Cheetah Park, to a holiday in KZN, to Snowscape to ski and have watched a number of Ballets.