A lot of children in the townships of Cape Town grow up in very harsh conditions, having to face the consequences of poverty, community violence, and malnutrition. Children often lack the resources to reach their full potential. 

 

At Little Lions, we see there is a desperate need to focus on mental strength, confidence-building and to raise mental health awareness in children.

 

We want to help these little lions find their inner lion. 

 

 

To make all this happen, I've decided to partner up with a magnificent, well-established NGO called Health Promoters (HPSA; www.healthpromoters.co.za). HPSA focuses primarily on physical health, and as their new division, Little Lions ensures that children from the townships can also work on their mental health. A wonderful combination that is fully supported by another partner, Promentis Healthcare, part of GGZ Netherlands. 

 

Our goal is to ensure that children have access to free workshops to work on their emotional development, self-confidence and resilience. And all in an accessible, safe and fun way. 

WHAT DO WE DO AT LITTLE LIONS?

We offer free mental health care and

workshops to children (8-18y) in different

communities around Cape Town.

In four weeks, these children (in a group

of max 8 children) learn:

  • to build, strengthen, and promote supportive relationships

  • to manage their emotions

  • more about their resilience and how to build it

  • how to find opportunities for personal change

WHY?

A lot of children in the townships around Cape Town grow up in harsh conditions. From a young age, they are exposed to community violence, poverty, malnutrition and often don't have access to proper

education

  • Children are vulnerable, yet very resilient and show great abilities to learn more ways to cope with challenges

  • Early life interventions help to build a buffer against future hardships

  • We strongly believe that mentally strong children are the foundation for future success

AND HOW DO WE ENVISION THAT?

We create an easily accessible, safe and fun way for children to become mentally stronger, to find their inner lion.

The Little Lions bus (nicknamed Leonista aka "lion spirit") provides the perfect way for children to learn in a playful and informative way about mental health.

The bus becomes a mobile clinic, which will be able to drive to schools or park at the community centres and give workshops from the back of the bus.

WANT TO HELP? DONATE NOW!

 

Netherlands:

Stichting Vrienden van de Health Promoters

NL02 RABO 0304815535

onder vermelding van: Little Lions.

 

South Africa:

  Bank:  Standard Bank

Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

Branch Code: 051001

Account Name: Health Promotion South Africa Trust

Account Nr.: 072 260 548

Reference: Little Lions