The project seeks to empower 50 unemployed youth in Marbeskraal and Tweelagte villages with drama and social dialogues skills to use to provide community service in the prevention of violence against foreigners and assist them access sustainable livelihoods after completing the project. It aims to perform and conduct 32 community dramas and social dialogues to inform, educate, entertain and engage about 2000 community members about tolerance and benefits of peaceful coexistence with foreigners
In 2008 when the xenophobic violence against foreigners hit South Africa, the villages of Tweelagte and Marbeskraal were the hardest hit. In addition to the looting and burning of foreign owned shops, it was reported that six foreigners were killed. It has emerged that unskilled young people are responsible for these acts of violence. The lack of economic opportunities for them necessitate that proactive xenophobic violence prevention measures be taken to prevent such violent events taking place
The youth will be trained in planning and staging community dramas and conducting social dialogues. The training will be to ensure that they improve their chances of accessing exit opportunities at the end of the project. For community members who will attend the events, these will contribute to their positive perception, understanding and appreciation of the important economic roles that foreigners play in their communities and will further contribute to increase social resilience and cohesion.
Upon completing the training and community service, at least 40% of the youth will be assisted to further their training in theatre, 30% will be assisted to either get formal employment or start their own income generation theatre groups. At least 30% will be assisted to further volunteer their services to local community organizations. It is expected that the dramas and community dialogues will reach approximately 2000 local people and result in their change in perception towards foreigners.