“Through stories we share passions, sadness, hardships and joys. We share meaning and purpose. Stories are the common ground that allows people to communicate, overcoming our defences and our differences. Stories allow us to understand ourselves better and to find our commonality with others.” – Pamela Rutledge

Since the beginning of time, stories have connected us. Modern day psychology has proven the power of stories to bring healing from traumatic stress. Tell Your Story is about creating opportunities to not only build bridges and restore cohesion amongst communities, but also to open the doors for emotional healing in a society that has suffered so much brokenness. We are excited about the immense possibilities of this programme that includes initiatives such as:

  • Gatherings for storytelling by residents within neighbourhoods

  • Story boxes at community centres

  • Story boxes at school where children can, amongst others, report bullying, abuse and violence or share needs that they may not be comfortable sharing via another medium

  • Identifying possible publishing opportunities

  • Identifying local talent and connecting individuals with mentoring and training opportunities

  • Storytelling through photography and filmmaking

  • Therapeutic storytelling through journaling, poetry and music

Join online – build on the ground

Introducing the Proud of our Towns Facebook Groups “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”The world of social media did not yet exist when Henry Ford spoke these wise words. But many decades later, they still...

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Introducing Ikayalabantu FM | Home of the People

Conversations with Thando Dyantyi, Sinesipo Sibuta and Odwa Nomavuka As a young South African filmmaker, Thando Dyantyi’s strongest desire has been to tell the life-changing stories of people in his community and around his country. These stories are for everyone to...

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From day zero to hero

How Day Zero inspired a Hero: The story of Asiphe ‘Sips’ Makhumalo - a young black woman, not only building a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated water sector - but also a firecracker  with a burning desire to see a greater representation of youth, in...

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Keep on keeping on

Keep on Keeping on (KOKO for short): This is the motto that keeps Michelle Maluqua going, regardless of tough times and difficult circumstances. Better known as Mich, Michelle is the founder of MJ Events and Hiring in Klapmuts in the Western Cape. Michelle is also a...

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My story counts

The sound of laughter can be heard as one enters the Boomhuis Art Gallery at the Woodmill in Stellenbosch. Twenty high school learners from different communities are gathered for a week-long holiday programme with a difference. The Chalkboard Project brings hope and...

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