mvdt outside wall

“Learn today, lead tomorrow”

When we walked into the Valleys and Mountains Development Foundation, the first thing that we  was the degree of focus of the +/- 20 youth busy with their paper-maché creations. They were all incredibly immersed in their work – a buzz of teens sculpting out of recycled drink containers, cardboard boxes, and anything else they can get their hands on!

© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

The goal of the Valleys and Mountains Development Foundation is to provide opportunities for youth who might otherwise find themselves tempted by drugs and alcohol, crime and / or getting involved with gangs.

© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

After school activities offered by the Foundation include the visual arts, dance classes, boxing, and drama, while daytime learning opportunities are available to those youth who are no longer attending school. Starting at the beginning – with the little children – is fundamental to Foundation’s success, which is why they also offer a crèche right next door.
mvdt painted wall

© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

Positive feedback, encouragement, helping them to realise that they can choose, they can speak up for themselves, they do have a voice is summarised by the project’s slogan: “Learn today, lead tomorrow”.

© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

One of many success factors that was mentioned by the project team was that assignments, which have certain guidelines provided are still open to interpretation in terms of how the learners want to complete them and it is this freedom that makes possible their growing confidence levels.

© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

As pointed out by the project team, the objective is to bring out the confidence that each individual has within themselves, but hasn’t yet discovered…

For more information about The Valleys and Mountains Development Foundation visit www.valleysmountainskids.co.za.

This photo blog was prepared by, and in support of, The EXPEDITION Project 2013.