The end of the Angolan civil war witnessed the beginning of development and urban reconstruction. At first, exclusively focused in Luanda, it has gradually extended to hinterland cities such as Lubango, capital of Huila district. This mixed-use building is set in a consolidated area, next to the main square and surrounded by a few remaining buildings of Portuguese modernist legacy, some of which of remarkable quality.
Bathandwa started informally in the family home of a couple living in Makhaya, Khayelitsha, while they were raising their own three children. Their home grew into a place of safety that cares for abandoned, HIV+, and physically and mentally disabled children of all ages. Eventually, 36 children were living in the original private home. A private fundraising and networking group identified their need for support and started by supplying food, clothing and furniture, and organising regular outings and mentoring.
Following its much-celebrated inauguration in March, Thread – Senegal’s new cultural hub, nestled in the heart of the Tambacounda region, 700kms from Dakar – prepares to welcome its first artists in residence this summer. Funded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the ambitious project responds to a wish to foster creativity within the remote village of Sinthian and surrounding lands, as expressed by respected local leader Dr. Magueye Ba.