A village of hope for kiddies

Pesa Pheko, founder of Legacy Kiddies' Village, engaging with the young ones. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

Legacy Kiddies’ Village is an annual kiddies’ festival aimed at celebrating and restoring African art, culture and dance. This year marks its seventh year of existence.

Pesa Pheko, who hosts the project in partnership with the National Lotteries Commission, said this year’s celebration started with a tour around all five districts in the Free State.
“We managed to train over 98 Early Childhood Development Centres on the importance of puppetry, storytelling and children’s art. We also selected the best of the best from these kids who will be representing each district during the celebration in May and September this year.”

Pheko said about 25 schools were chosen to compete at the celebration festival and 10 local traditional and cultural groups were selected take part in the programme.

“This programme has from its inception, made a meaningful impact in the lives of many people, especially children. It has trained over 25 puppeteers across the province and 20 have taken up this as a career. Many others had an opportunity to be seen in this programme and chose to perform at other bigger platforms across the country.

“I would like to thank the National Lotteries Commission for its support and the difference it has made to this programme. We have managed to employ over 35 creatives across the province through this fund and are looking at increasing this number as we are heading towards the big day where the cream of children’s art will be showcased by the children themselves,” said Pheko. – Lebakeng Nkabi