Introducing Our New Initiative: The Feeling Creatures Project
"This project is a combination of two elements. The first is to support people to develop emotional wellness and connection skills and the second is my commitment to being part of the change I want to see in South Africa".
At present Explorare is collaborating with and creating jobs for people in KZN, South Africa. Through this project they will generate an income and learn new skills which include budgeting, communication, planning, emotional wellness and emotional intelligence skills.
What we are achieving with this project:
- Growing awareness about the importance of feelings and paying attention to our emotions
- Supporting people to generate an income for themselves
How it works:
As a team we create, market and sell the Feeling Creatures worldwide.
Head Start Children’s Foundation https://www.headstartfoundation.org/ we would like to build a facility near where the creators live, this will have a dual purpose. It will function as their workshop and a place for children and adults in the community to participate in classes to grow and develop their emotional wellness and emotional intelligence skills
"To shift the culture in our beautiful country it is essential to meet the emotional needs of it's people. We are committed to disrupting the trauma cycle and supporting people to develop the skills they need to feel emotionally safe, to cultivate connection and grow strong communities." - Kate
How You Can Help Us
See below all the ways in which you can support our initiative and the creation of the Feeling Creatures. The more creatures we can sell consistently, the more stable the income generation for the creators will be.
- A non-specific monetary amount which we will assign to where it is most needed
- Contribute to a creators ongoing training and empower a sustainable future
- Marketing - we need to raise a minimum of R 20 000 for videos, photo shoots, website, social media and design to boost this initiative
Donate towards materials, equipment or both to help get a creator started with their own starter kit.
Supportive encouraging words go a long way to filling our hearts and keeping us energised to continue moving the project forward. Send us a message, video or voice note of encouragement.
Sharing Is Caring
Spread the word via your social media profiles. Social media is a conversation with power. For us, it's a conversation that will help drive awareness, connectivity and will likely trigger opportunities that will connect us to businesses, funders and people who will grow our initiative with us.
Partner with us
Contact, contribute or help us raise these funds and receive free publicity as one of our Corporate Social Responsibility partners.
Meet the Feeling Creature Creators
Meet the women who have courageously stepped forward to try something new and be the creative hands which make the Feeling Creatures. They are currently in a training learning the sewing skills and along the way learning more about emotions.
Hello, my name is Nthakoana Mereko, I grew up in the mountains of Lesotho. I am a single mom and have two daughters.
One of my greatest challenges I face at the moment is making enough money to send my child to school. Education is very important to me and I know it is very important for my daughter to go to school.
I would like to one day own my own house where I can live and have a home where my child can come home to. One of my biggest goals is to see my daughter finish school. I have a passion for children and I would like to learn more about childcare and work in an environment where I can help children to learn.
Note to Kate: So I was thinking it would be nice to add 3 photos of each woman here showing them creating their creatures.
Hello my name is Annah, I am 47. When I was 2 my father passed away and it made life difficult for my mom and our family.
When I was younger I worked by cooking food and making meals for other people. I would dream of having a good home to live well. I want a place where I can teach others about health and eating food which is good for you. I want to be able to give my children and grandchildren a better life than I had. I would like to give them a place where they can come and be taken care of.
Most importantly I would like to help people to live well and be healthy.
I am very happy to have this opportunity where I can have a job where I sew and make money because sewing is one of my favourite things to do.
Hello my name is Sphesihe Mpanza, I am 19 years old and I grew up in Inanda, Durban.
I love being with my friends and dancing! My biggest dream is to be a fashion designer and make my own clothes.
One of the biggest challenges I face is I am gay and I am often attacked because of who I am attracted to.
I hope that one day we can all learn to accept each other and be kinder to people who are different to us.
I live in Amoati in Durban, South Africa, I live with my sisters Nozipho and Mendy. I have one child names Luthando. I am currently unemployed and have been looking for a job for a long time. I am grateful to have this opportunity so I can make money to take good care of my daughter, buy her clothes, food and send her to school.
My dad passed away when I was in school and I found it very difficult and I started to drink to make myself feel better. I don’t drink any more and I would like to be a role model for others around me to know there are betters ways to cope with grief and sadness than drinking and drugs.
I would like to own my own home and one day buy a car, these are what I dream about having and motivate me to do this job very well. When I was growing up we often did not have food at home and often I would go to bed hungry, those days felt very difficult and I always want to be able to feed myself and my child and have a home.
Hello, my name is Nelisiwe, I am 24 years old and live in Inanda, Durban, South Africa.
Some of my favourite things to do are dance, cook and spend time with my friends. I often go and visit my mom and stay with my family. I am so glad my mom and I are doing this together and I hope we will be able to make some more money for our family, because right now I do not have a job.
Meet our Feeling Creatures
Feelings are very important! The Feeling Creature Family are the super heros of feelings and can help you understand and manage your feelings.
The Feeling Creatures know a lot about feelings and they are here to help.
Each Feeling Creature has a very special gift, they have a lot of wisdom about their own special feeling and because they know a lot about their feeling they can help you to understand yours, it is their super power.
Understanding your feelings is vital because feelings help you to decide how to act.
Our Feeling Creatures have many ways of helping you understand your feelings. They have games and stories about feelings, you can talk to them and ask them about their special feeling. They can also help you to make your big feelings feel less scary.