Lalela for the Oceans
May 26, 2022
We’re thrilled to have teamed up with Parley Ocean School in Hout Bay, Cape Town, for a series of fun and educational beach clean-ups for Lalela learners during May.
Not only did Lalela’s young artists get to enjoy a healthy dose of sun, sand and fresh air on the Hout Bay beach, they also gained the knowledge and tools to become little ocean warriors through their awareness of the plastic waste problem, as well as future change-makers in their communities.
Lalela has a deep connection with Hout Bay: it’s where our programme started 11 years ago, and where we continue to serve youths in the local communities of Imizamo Yethu on one side of the valley, and Hangberg on the other side, close to the harbour.
Above: Lalela learners scouring the beach for plastic waste to collect
Recognising the need for a programme that combined youth development and environmental initiatives for youths from previously disadvantaged coastal communities, Sentinel Ocean Alliance launched the Parley Ocean School – the first-of-its-kind school in the world – in collaboration with Parley For The Oceans. It’s a much-needed safe space where local community members can learn about the ocean.
Sentinel Ocean Alliance shares a similar vision to Lalela, having been founded by big-wave surfer Frank Solomon to create opportunities for youths from the underserved communities in Hout Bay. Apart from running comprehensive ocean-education programmes and ocean-immersion experiences for youth, they also support a development club for lifesavers and a surfing programme to promote mental health.
Above: Beach clean-ups are also quite a lot of fun!
Our learners will in turn be creating artworks from the plastic they collected on the beach.
Our heartfelt gratitude to Sentinel Ocean Alliance and Parley Ocean School! We are delighted to have partnered with this amazing organisation and applaud the important work they are doing #fortheoceans
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