The overwhelming need to provide basic necessities, such as food and shelter, often overshadows activities that allow people and communities to feel empowered. Creativity – the act of creating – can unlock empowerment by giving people a sense of ownership.

Collaborate Community Projects aims to provide meaningful social upliftment/empowerment in communities through participative, creativity based projects.

  • creativity is defined as the act of bringing into existence something which did not exist before, and
  • empowerment is defined as an individual’s belief in his/her ability to form an integral part of their own learning and development in attaining a new skill or competency.

We conceptualize and manage a variety of projects that use creativity as a starting point for making change.

Each creative project is specifically tailored to meet a community or charitable organisation’s needs. We do this through:

  • Identifying shared values between charitable organisations, communities and corporate sponsors;
  • Researching and developing creative projects that can add value to an identified community. This is a participative process in which the community is an essential component;
  • Setting measureable objectives for each creative project;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the projects.

Meet the Team

Adrie Haese (le Roux)

Adrie completed her PhD in Visual Arts (2017) and lectures at The University of Johannesburg’s Department of Graphic Design. She has illustrated a number of children’s books, including I Am Alex, Farrah is Not a Dalmatian and Elephant’s Dont Grow on Trees (Bumble Books). Her interest is in how illustrations, specifically those in wordless picture books, can foster a love and culture of reading through their potential to harness storytelling, creativity and allow for readers to enjoy books in a language of their choice.

Stephen Wallace

Stephen is an illustrator working in Pretoria, South Africa. He is interested in narrative branding strategies, and is the owner of Wallace Illustrations.

Kelly Duncan

Kelly has a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship, and owns her own consulting company.