Able artists despite disability

ArtReach at Cheshire Homes

Yebo! is commited to promote the arts, innovative skills-training and creative freedom of expression in Swaziland through various grassroots initiatives and development work. A first initiative by Yebo! was to introduce arts at the „School for the Deaf“ in the Lowveld of Swaziland (see Deaf artists). The results were many skilful, creative and colourful paintings, proud artists and smiling faces.
Within this second project supported by sahee, the main objective is to run a visual arts project (through classes and workshops) at Cheshire Homes for people with disabilities. More specific objectives are:
• to train local artists how to interact with and teach visual art to people with physical disabilities
• to use visual arts as a tool for entertainment, physical and mental rehabilitation, and skills training with the disabled patients
• to work together with the in-house therapists to build a platform for Cheshire Homes to continue using visual arts in their short and long-term work with their patients
• and to create a plan for Cheshire to potentially use the arts as an income generating tool for their patients and/or the organisation

Project site

Matsapha (Map)


Women (patients, staff & carers): around 42 benefit directly from the project and around 35 indirectly
Men (patients, staff & carers): around 32 benefit directly from the project and around 25 indirectly
Children under age 16 (patients): Around 30 benefit directly from the project and around 30 indirectly

Project costs and assistance by sahee

The entire project costs are CHF 10’000.–. The project is fully financed by sahee.

Sahee fully finances this project, keeps regular contact with the project leaders and visits the project once a year.

Duration of assistance

1st of June 2013 to 28th of February 2015

Local counterpart


Project site

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Project overview

Colourful paintings and smiling faces: A result of the first projects