Telling story of kids de­serted by fa­thers

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NDEVANA lo­cal, Cinga Dyala is the au­thor of the book Sihle Tells the Tale, which tack­les the is­sue of ab­sent fa­thers and how it af­fects chil­dren’s lives.

“We over­look the emo­tional dam­ages caused by the ab­sence of par­ents in chil­dren’s lives, and this book gives in­sight on the bro­ken­ness and de­pres­sion that chil­dren har­bour in their hearts due to ab­sent par­ents,” the 30-year-old au­thor said.

Her in­spi­ra­tion to write the book was due to the fact that sto­ries of ab­sent fa­thers are not told enough, and yet chil­dren, and also adults, are of­ten left bro­ken by this very preva­lent sit­u­a­tion in fam­i­lies to­day.

“I took it upon my­self to be the voice of the voice­less, and ex­press the strug­gles of what a child goes through when grow­ing up,” she said.

Her book was launched in Gins­berg at the Steve Biko Cen­tre.

The for­mer Enoch Son­tonga High School pupil said the main chal­lenge she faced was try­ing to find a pub­lisher for her book.

This chal­lenge, she said, was the rea­son most writ­ers gave up on ever get­ting their books pub­lished.

Dyala owns an en­ter­tain­ment and events com­pany, and is a founder of the World of Art Move­ment, and a childen’s drama so­ci­ety, Iing­cambu Zem­pumelelo Creative Arts.

“As the World of Art Move­ment, we visit schools and or­phan­ages in Mdantsane, in­tro­duc­ing art in its purest form.

“The main ob­jec­tive is to take chil­dren off the streets and mould them into be­com­ing bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves through art,” she said.

“Some of the chil­dren who we meet at the schools also end up join­ing our Kids’ Drama So­ci­ety.

“With a grant from Busi­ness and Arts South Africa and sup­port from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we are now host­ing an Arts Fes­ti­val for the kids, named “Inkcubeko Yom­nt­wana Arts Fes­ti­val”, which is aimed at cel­e­brat­ing and em­brac­ing the skills and tal­ents of chil­dren in a so­ci­ety that is mis­in­formed about art and what it is all about.”

Dyala said the fes­ti­val would in­clude the per­form­ing arts, vis­ual arts, lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, as well as mod­el­ling.

“The fes­ti­val will be hosted at the Mdantsane In­door Sports Cen­tre from July 27 to 29.

“We have cho­sen to host the fes­ti­val in July be­cause it is Man­dela Month and we are well aware of the fact that Nel­son Man­dela was fond of chil­dren and strongly be­lieved in child de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“So we want to carry on with his legacy and en­sure a bet­ter so­ci­ety through help­ing to de­velop chil­dren.”

Peo­ple can get a copy of Sihle Tells the Tale by ei­ther con­tact­ing Dyala on 078-978-0822 or by e-mail­ing her at:

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UP­LIFT­ING CHIL­DREN: Cinga Dyala, au­thor of ‘Sihle Tells the Tale’

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