THOUSAND DRUMS and LITTLE GURUS in partnership have created a BEATS
& BREATHING FOR HEALING initiative to implement in schools in
Due to the present teaching situation, which is in a state of crisis
with poor physical education in schools around the country, most
children are not getting enough daily exercise and physical stimulation.
Our initiative provides two experiential and participatory activities,
which give children tools that impact on them physically, mentally
and emotionally, helping them develop fitness, self-confidence and
self-discipline. Learners need to be exposed to various art forms
in order to make informed choices, which in turn creates changes
in attitude and builds a more civil society.
to socio-economic factors such as unemployment, HIV/AIDS and family
displacement, our children & youth, especially those living
in PDC’s, often do not have access to support systems and
training opportunities. Our youth are often traumatised by the serious
illness and death of primary caregivers and their resultant vulnerability
exposes them to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. We have a
high dropout rate amongst learners in these communities, which often
lead to crime and substance abuse.
000 Drums is committed to cultural & music education, skills
transfer, job creation and community development.
project empowers learners and educators through playshop teaching
drumming, traditional singing, and percussion. Affirming and instilling
values is achieved through branding on the drums and positive poetry.
In addition to donating the necessary drums to each school (300
Riempie drums plus facilitation drums and percussion instruments),
we further ensure the project’s sustainability by selecting
learners and educators to attend an advanced drumming, facilitators-training
& team-building camp.
Drumming playshop foster teamwork, creativity, emotional healing
and grounding, and are proven stress release and immunity enhancers.
Poetry provides a platform for dealing with emotional issues.
20 000 Drums, is in partnership with
Department of Arts & Culture, creating
Social Cohesion, Moral Regeneration and Nation Building nationally.
Criteria for this is based on targeting communities situated within
ISRDP (Integrated sustainable rural development program) nodal areas.
2005 Road show included 6 provinces, 14 schools/ communities, 5825
learners, & training of 75 facilitators. 2 100 drums were distributed
within the communities.
partnership includes our participation in national events such as
Dept Education Ngoma Indigenous Music & Dance Festival. 16 Days
of Activism Against Women & Child Abuse - opening & closing
NATIONAL DELPHIC COUNCIL, SOUTH AFRICA
A team of 4 facilitators attended the International Delphic Games
held in Malaysia 1-7th September 2005. They received 2 gold medals
for Traditional Instruments & Music, Cultural Music & Dance
section of the games. The team facilitated 500 international delegates
at the hand over of the flag from Malaysia to the Mayor of Johannesburg
in preparation for South Africa hosting the International Junior
Delphics in 2007.
000 Drums is the marketing, information distribution & training
team for National Delphic Games, South Africa, national tour to
begin in July 2006.
2003/041477/23, established 2003
2003 Little Gurus has been teaching children in schools, studios
and disadvantaged communities as well as AIDS orphanages.
teach children fun exercises, brain balance techniques, postural
awareness, how to calm the mind, breathing skills etc. A flexible
body creates a flexible mind. Flexibility increases the flow of
vitality, promotes energy and stimulates the circulation to the
brain, improving memory skills, comprehension and general learning
focus is to provide SA youth with the necessary tools to build confidence,
encourage self-expression, promote positive changes in attitude
and help them to nurture their potential.
various experiences of teaching in townships, and disadvantaged
communities, we are repeatedly deeply touched by the gratitude the
children express for having the opportunity to learn body knowledge
and yoga and we are amazed how quickly they respond.
addition to being involved and associated with this unique initiative
that really changes lives, we are offering the following opportunities:
· An effective Corporate Social Investment program.
· Experiential branding opportunity; drum, t-shirt, vehicle,
· Extensive market exposure; target reach 15 000 learners
& 1 250 educators.
· Project to be utilized as an in-house employee teambuilding
program by employees attending the playshops in the township schools.
· PR opportunity and a platform for creating media-hype.
number of marketing and branding opportunities are possible for
target audience, located in previously disadvantaged townships or
rural communities and whose access to information & skills-training
is limited, is:
1. Primary School learners,
2. High School learners,
3. Out-of School youth &
large proportion of our beneficiaries will be youths who are orphaned
and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The BEATS & BREATHING FOR HEALING initiative aims at reaching
15 000 children & youth and 1 250 educators in its initial 1
and Fitness - This is basic health care from the inside
out in the form of physical exercise and breathing. The basis of
all language is body language - we constantly overlook the fact
that experience is a bodily phenomena - the importance of breathing
breathing plays an important role, for only through breathing deeply
& fully can one summon the energy for a more spirited life -Conscious
breathing alone results in improved health and immunity.
Safety - A child will come to understand what it
means to feel safe. As an adult s/he will hopefully have grown up
with little or less experiences of trauma, gravitate towards safe
choices and be a positive, constructive member of society.
Self-Awareness - The child becomes aware of her/
his interest, skill and vision; the adult has a readiness to actualise
goals and dreams - a discerning and productive consumer.
Emotional Intelligence - The child learns to navigate
his/ her emotional needs and matures into a compassionate citizen.
Moral regeneration - In this decade up to a third
of children will grow up without their natural parents. Our innate
spirit/ soul can play a part in our personal experience of parental
guidance. Children who grow up taking care of their siblings, do
not only need to be taught cooking, cleaning, sewing on a button,
opening a bank account and how to conduct themselves in a work environment.
They also need to cultivate the human potential of faith, intuition,
resourcefulness, joy and generosity.
and Yoga both tie in with the new revised national curriculum statement
and introduction of arts & culture as obligatory of the new
Drumming and yoga
Introducing activities that embrace the spiritual, material,
intellectual and emotional aspects of human endeavour as an
integral part of life.
Developing creative and innovative individuals.
Assisting in furthering individual potential and enabling educators
and learners to achieve to their maximum ability.
creative thinking, and allowing learners to work effectively
with others as members of a team and group.
Developing learners who are self confident, independent and
multi-skilled and able to participate in society as active citizens.
Establishing, developing and promoting the creativity of educators
and learners as a rich and productive resource.
Drumming provides access to Arts & Culture education for
educators and learners as part of redressing historical imbalances
and reaffirmation of indigenous knowledge systems.
A project that moves educators and learners from being passive
inheritors of culture to being active participants.
Providing exposure to music and Heritage.
Develops an awareness of national culture to promote nation
Provides opportunities to develop usable skills, attitudes and
values in Arts & Culture that can prepare learners for life,
living and lifelong learning.
Develops entrepreneurial opportunities for dance/theatre/music
Poetry promotes values important for personal development and
also ensures the development of value-based national South African
Inspire youths to use their drum skills as an opportunity for
income generation within the tourism, entertainment & corporate
Cultivating talents for future job opportunities in the music
& entertainment industries.
& BREATHING FOR HEALING aims to achieve within the learners:
Strengthened co-ordination & flexibility through specific
exercises and movements.
Improved breathing patterns.
Self-respect, self-confidence and self-expression by their participating
in new activities, which provide children the opportunity to
achieve in something new.
Discipline, created through concentration and focus.
through playing music together as a group.
Communication development through the experience of communicating
Balancing right & left brain hemispheres, which enhances
logical, mathematical, scientific and the creative, artistic
aspects of the individual.
Building immunity (researched higher production of T-cells)
Motivation & inspiration through mentorship.
Building stamina, stability and balance.
Skills development and training through advanced training camps.
Having fun and feeling positive.
BEATS & BREATHING FOR HEALING initiative constitutes:
consecutive playshops per Primary or High School and includes
the drumming and body awareness programs.
At the end of the third workshop an audition is held, in order
to identify the leaders & learners who have the potential
to be trained as facilitators.
The identified learners and educators attend a 4-day facilitators
training, teambuilding and personal empowerment camp. During
the 4 days the learners are provided with the necessary skills
and tools to continue the ongoing playshop in the schools thereafter.
(Various provinces are brought together for this camp, so as
to further create cultural sharing & education).
schools are targeted per month with a training camp thereafter.
Initially five provinces will be included – Gauteng, North
West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga & Free State.
To ensure the sustainability of the project monthly communication
and mentoring is provided. Individual and school reports are submitted
Psychologist Sandee Daniell will be conducting academic research
into the positive benefits of rhythm on the psyche of children.
BEATS & BREATHING FOR HEALING initiative will run for 1-year,
taking school holidays into consideration and plans to be an annual
& BREATHING FOR HEALING is all-women-managed and is backed by
a team of trained community facilitators.
THOUSAND DRUMS founder/director Samantha Skyring has considerable
national and international management experience. She conceptualised
20 000 Drums and currently manages the overall project. She has
been involved in community development since 2001.
GURUS founder/director Coco Van Opens (RCYP cert.) has
a BA from the Brooks Institute in California USA. She has studied
Children’s Yoga in Italy (2003) and in North America (2004),
is a ‘Radiant Child’ (RCYP 1 &2) certified teacher
and has completed phase 1 of the YogaKids Certificate in Miami.
She has also studied under two renowned American authors /children’s
Yoga teachers: Shakta Kaur Khalsa (www.childrensyoga.com)
and Jodi Komitor, New York (www.nextgenerationyoga.com)
is also a qualified international adult Kundalini Yoga teacher (IKYTT
level 1) and part of Level 2 (conscious communication).
Total no. of persons participated – 17 100
Facilitators trained – 138 learners, youth
Drums distributed – 7310 5ltr Riempies
2003 - 6 week children’s body knowledge programs at the following
Nkosi’s Haven (aids orphanage).
David’s Marist Brothers - grade 7 pupils (12-13 years).
2004 – 2005
classes for children & adults at various studios.
Annually Coco teaches family Yoga with a swimming with dolphin’s
Collaboration with 20 000 Drums, 3 day playshop, in disadvantaged
kindly invite you to partner with BEATS & BREATHING FOR HEALING
initiatives by funding this project.
50 schools – 150 playshops –15,000 learners
· Advanced training of facilitators – 300 Drumming
and 200 Yoga
· Individually Tailored Budgets available on request
CONTACT DETAILS IN SOUTH AFRICA
THOUSAND DRUMS LITTLE GURUS
Contact: Samantha Skyring
Cell: +27 84 555 0239
Coco Van Oppens
Cell: +27 83 325 2975
Our vision is to expose each and every child to
the BEATS & BREATHING FOR HEALING program, to give children
the opportunity of accessing and fulfilling their potentials.
Our vision is to identify the natural leaders in
the communities of learners, youth & educators and impart knowledge
& skills that allows for their continued self-development.
vision is to allow the leaders to impact positively on
the broader community.
vision is to offer youths the opportunity for future job
creation and income generation.
Vision we believe that if mind & body are one, a true
physical education should at the same time be a proper mental education.
Our vision through every BEAT & every BREATH is to…
Children in South Africa.
DO THE CHILDREN SAY?
love 20 000 Drums project because they tell a message you must not
forget your culture and they healed me with African rhythm to show
we are African and we must be proud of it!”
I can say is that they show that we should love to do drumming also
to love ourselves.”
go with the rhythm of the drum because you feel the joy, and also
that the drums do calm your nerves.”
came together as one group and made something special that has some
happiness and joy into it.”
takes me to a place only I understand”
don’t really enjoy sports at school but I love the yoga it
makes me feel good”
helps to open our minds and teaches us to breathe”