From September 8-9, 2019 The Hub hosted Leila Hall for a Weekend Workshop on Creative Writing. Day 1 had participants discussing the elements of powerful storytelling, and getting tips for how to bring writing to life, and completed a series of free-writing exercises. On Day 2 participants used their freewrites from the previous day as raw material for developing more structured and intentional short stories and poems. We got the chance to hear everyone read their work, and gave each other feedback on how we could improve on our pieces. We’re looking forward to publishing some of these in our annual publication, WordPower magazine!
From July 13-14, 2019, The Hub hosted Lineo Badia for a weekend workshop on Human Rights, and documenting Human Rights stories. Lineo is an experienced human rights lawyer and activist. She volunteers her time and skills to promote youth participation and protection of the rights of the vulnerable, with particular interest in women, children and the LGBTIQ community in Lesotho.
On Sunday, participants researched news stories of Human Rights violations in Lesotho, and used poetry, video, photography, music and live performance to tell these stories to the group.
From May 27-29, 2019 The Hub hosted Pheello Pj Makosholo for a workshop to shoot a music video for our second song: Lesotho! The song was written during a workshop on creative writing and song writing in April, led by hip hop artist, poet and activist Sadon. He led participants on writing exercises with the theme ‘Future of Lesotho’, and we’re excited about the monumental pieces written during the workshop! Some of the participants’ work is featured in the song, some will be in the next issue of WordPower magazine.
From May 25-26, 2019 The Hub hosted Pheello Pj Makosholo for a workshop to shoot our first music video for ‘Power/Control’! The song was written during a workshop on song writing for change, led by Siphiwe Nzima Nts’ekhe, Meloh & O.G. S’killz. Participants were led on exercises on writing and performing, while examining issues around gender and patriarchy.
Since March 2018, we’ve been attending a series of workshops on Non Profit Sustainability, which ended in April 2019. The Social Enterprise Academy delivered a learning programme with group sessions and individual coaching that will enable nonprofits to build resilience, capacity and sustainability of the organisation, enabling them continue to make social impact into the long term. Special thanks to Khwezi Fudu, Social Enterprise Academy South Africa, and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa for the opportunity and lessons learned!