Viva Children’s Choir Tour to Europe December 2019

We are happy to announce that we are taking a group of our choir to Europe in December 2019 to promote our school and sponsorship programme.  The group of children are from the Viva Village Independent School in the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East and will travel to Germany, Holland and Sweden from 4 - 25 December 2019. 

The Group of children is accompanied by Solists Meleney Kriel, Sinethemba Hlungwane and Conductor Taki Malepane.  Our General Manager, Chairperson and School Principal will also be accompanying the children.  The Choir will perform in churches, sport associations, Christmas Markets and Companies.  Only a few dates are still available for booking.  Please contact us urgently, if you wish to see invite the Choir for a concert, or short performance. 

 

Please consider sponsoring a child for this tour: 

Our Choir children and team, are all from our Independent School in the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East and the parents cannot afford to pay the costs associated with this trip.  They are making contributions, but the full cost per child is not covered by them.  The tour will be life changing for these learners, who have worked exceptionally hard preparing and practicing.  They live in tin shack homes and a trip to Europe will be the highlight of their young lives.  Please help us make this possible by donating toward their costs: 

For Flight, rental vehicle, fuel, food and accommodation, plus clothing, visas and health insurance, we budget [$1 200/Euro 1 000/R17 000 per child].  More than half of this amount needs to come in as sponsorships and our team members from the informal settlement, likewise make contributions, but cannot afford the full amount. Donations to the Viva Foundation are tax deductible in Germany and South Africa and we can offer branding and advertising opportunity for larger donations.  

Please let us know if you want to assist us, by sending an email to meleney[at]vivafoundation.life, or use the contact form/donation facilities on this site.

Mandela Day at Viva

Mandela Day Volunteering Opportunities for Individuals, Groups and Companies

As always, we do Madiba Day big at Viva and this year, it will be no different.  Companies, Groups, Schools and Individuals are all welcome to come and spend time at Viva on Mandela Day. 

18 July 2019 - Viva Village, Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East. Focussing this year on the Arts, Poverty Alleviation, Viva Kids and Viva Village Independent School.

Activities will include:  Painting, Gardening, Cleaning, Cooking and Feeding the kids, Art Workshop, Music, Play, Small-Business Consulting etc. 

If you cannot give time, please consider donating, or sponsoring a child. 

We do not require a large donation. From $35/Euro30/R450 per month per child per month in Viva Kids, or in our Independent School in the Alaska Informal Settlement [$110/Euro100/R1600 per month] or make a once-off donation by using the donation function on this website. 

Please let us know if you want to assist us this year by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thank you!
The Viva Team 

Viva Township Art Festival Mamelodi

Viva Township Art Festival Mamelodi - Youth Day 15 - 16 June 2019
 
Street Art, with Viva's got Talent Music Competition 
 
 

For an unforgettable Township Experience, join us for the annual Viva Township Art Festival, Mamelodi on Youth Day this year.  Transform shacks into works of art, join in the drumming circle, sleep over in the township at the Viva Village and help us promote the arts in the Alaska Informal Settlement.  

For updates closer to the date, please take a look at the Facebook Page https://web.facebook.com/viva.village

The vision of Viva is to be instrumental in transformation and we believe that Art is a transformational force.  We therefore invite artists to join us in transforming one informal settlement with Art. We transform shack homes, walls and streets with art and are in need of much assistance to make a true impact.  The Art uplifts.  It attracts.  It inspires.  Our dream is that the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East, will be transformed in a Living Art Gallery.  This was our idea from the start and it still is. When Viva first started the Living Art Gallery, there was nothing like it anywhere.  It is living, because unlike an Open Air Gallery, people actually live INSIDE the art.  No two photos of a piece is the same, as there will be children playing, people walking, working and living in the frames.  Others have followed and we see beautifully transformed structures in cities and townships now.  Viva's Township Art Festival and Living Art Gallery, will never be about big budgets and commercial endeavours.  We keep the art pure and authentic and respect the spaces of our community.  This is not gentrification.  It is bringing art to people who are too poor to visit an art gallery, to purchase art, or to receive tuition and art mentorship.  We are promoting the arts, because it is also affords extremely under-privileged people access to the economy.  When you have nothing, but you can sing, or dance, or paint, or act... you can make a living, particularly with a little help from your friends! 

Fine Art, Graffiti, Street Art, Cartooning... if you are a bona Fide artist and want to get involved in doing a mural at the Art Festival, please let us know. 

Artists, lovers of Art, volunteers and visitors are welcome!  We will also be serving soup in the community and have our Viva's got Talent showcasing dance, drama, poetry and music acts from the surrounding areas.