Cape Times

Hundreds of activity books donated to kids

- Writer | Staff

KATE Boyes and Mandy Lomberg, founders of the Hero in my Hood series of educationa­l activity books, have donated hundreds of their books to the Butterfly Art Project.

The NPO helps conduct art classes in disadvanta­ged communitie­s with traumatise­d children. “Children are picking up on the anxieties of their parents. Worried about the health of themselves and their families… And worrying about putting food on the table. Many children are scared, insecure and traumatise­d,” Boyes and Lomberg said in a statement.

Hero in my Hood’s activities help alleviate the stress and boredom of lockdown, they said.

Lomberg and Boyes donated 200 books, managed to get a further 310 sponsored, and would like sponsorshi­p for another 390.

“With the support of our art supplier and printer, we responded to the pandemic very quickly by launching this project before schools were forced to close,” Butterfly Arts Project’s Zaid Philander said.

“Within hours of the launch, 200 children in Vrygrond were equipped with art materials and activity packs. By the end of the first week of April, a further 200 packs for 600 children were delivered to our community art facilitato­rs in Belhar, Westlake, Bishop Lavis and Lavender Hill.”

To donate, see https://www. backabuddy.co.za/champion/ project/4000-art-kits

Books can be sponsored on the

Hero in my Hood website: https:// www.hero-in-my-hood.co.za/

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