News & Events

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    New Projects

    The first quarter of 2016 has seen the unfolding of new plans for furthering the growth and well being of the community of Kopanang.
    An assessment of the educational needs of members and their children is being undertaken, while a project to engage th... Read full story

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    New Products and Designs in 2016

    The collaborative project between the Boston University School of the Arts Printmaking Department and the women of Kopanang is bringing new products to Kopanang's portfolio of handcrafted works.

    Boston University students created 23 lino cut designs from ... Read full story

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    Refiloe Starts University

    Refiloe Sibisa has taken up the extraordinary opportunity to go to the University of Johannesburg to study an Information Management degree. 

    Having completed her secondary school studies thanks to her committed hard work, suppo... Read full story

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    Canticle of Universe in Australia

    The Canticle of the Universe is a glorious 31 panel work which tells the story of evolution and creation, as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang,
    It is over 35 metres of exquisite, hand embroidered stitches, and can be enjoyed for its scientific a... Read full story

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    2016: A Year of Hope

    The community of Kopanang looks forward to the many opportunities that 2016 will bring. 
    New Board members are bringing with them fresh networks and ideas for the future development of Kopanang.
    Leadership and business-principles training c... Read full story

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    Thanksgiving 2015

    As Christmas approaches we reflect on 2015.
    Indeed for the members of the Kopanang community it has been a year of blessings. Thanks to the generosity and support of so many friends all over the world our community has embraced many opportunities to lea... Read full story

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    Giving Cards

    Are you racking your brains about what to give the person who has everything? The Friends of Kopanang are here to help.

    Would you like some stocking fill... Read full story

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    Boston Uni Creative Printmaking Collaboration with Kopanang

    A 3 hour workshop with 30 printmaking students from the School of Visual Arts at Boston University has been conducted by Sister Sheila Flynn and Ashley Bryan to commence a collaboration with Kopanang.

    Students came prepared for the workshop, having previo... Read full story

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    Christmas Market in Sydney

    The Santa Sabina College Past Parents’ Association invites Kopanang's Sydney friends to attend a “Kopanang Christmas Market”
    Come along for a catchup with the many friends of the Kopanang Community. Have a look at Kopanan... Read full story

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    Adult Immersion 2015

    A group of 8 women have recently visited Kopanang, following in the footsteps of their daughters or friends who  were fortunate to travel to Kopanang and Montebello as part of the annual Santa Sabina College Year 11 immersion program. The gr... Read full story

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    Daily Life in Kopanang

    The ‘Sydney 8’ visitors  have shared and recorded, in their own words, for those beyond Kopanang, many of the daily experiences of their time with Sr Sheila and the women of Kopanang. Some of their highlights included:
    The welco... Read full story

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    Peace Art for World Summit

    During the visit of the ‘Sydney 8’ a banner was created for display in Barcelona in November 2015. The banner will be sent to a group in the USA who are collecting works from children around the world for an exhibition to be held in conjunction with a Nobel World ... Read full story

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    Public Speaking

    A speech-craft workshop for over 20 Kopanang woman and Sithand’zingane field workers was conducted over six days by the visiting 'Sydney 8', its purpose to provide an opportunity to develop skills and build confidence in public speaking. Dur... Read full story

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    Children’s Story Telling

    Our recent visitors from Sydney sought to provide the children of Kopanang and Sithandi’zingane with new experiences as well as providing the teachers with new ideas for approaching the children’s diversity and maintaining engagement. A high... Read full story

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    Health & Well Being

    The visit of Sister Mary-Clare Holland (a Dominican Sister) from Sydney to run a Health & Wellbeing program has provided the Kopanang members with knowledge arou... Read full story

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    Education Changes Lives

    This  year eight Kopanang women began the Paradigm Shift Business Entreprenurial Course which they attend every Tuesday night.  For women who have not had the opportunity to access good education, the excitement of going to night school a... Read full story

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    Developing Design at Kopanang

    A Design Class for Kopanang members has commenced this year, enhancing skills in  order to develop further the product range, the income from which supports members’ families.  This has proved highly successful.  There are 11 in the ... Read full story

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    Join Kopanang on Facebook

    Kopanang is now on Facebook.
    Follow the latest news and view the fabulous photos of new products, daily life and the stories of our community.
    Read news of the visit to Kopanang of Australian students from Siena College ... Read full story

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    Kopanang Choir Takes to the Stage

    Our magnificent Kopanang Choir has taken to the stage of St Augustine's College for an international conference being held at the Catholic University of Johannesburg.
    The international visitors acclaimed them as the 'highlight of the week!'
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    Kopanang on Film

    'Old traditions, new self confidence': the story of women taking up the challenges of leadership in a South African township.
    The inspiring story of the Kopanang community is currently being documented by renowned documentary maker Sarah Gross.
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    Australasia Quilt Convention 10th Anniversary - Melbourne - April 2014

    Our members created a stunning exhibit for the Australasia Quilt Convention which was held in Melbourne from April 10-12 at the Royal Convention Centre. Two project leaders, Refiloe (Nancy Mogane) and Silindile Twala travelled to Australia to showcase the exhibit ... Read full story

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    Christmas Joy

    A Christmas celebration at Kopanang was made even more special thanks to our Australian and US friends who sent gifts which were made into beautiful 'care bags' for our women.
    Computer Cook Books were provided for all our Kopanang Computer students, a... Read full story

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    Financial Savvy

    In an initiative which stemmed from the commencement of the Savings Club, 58 of the Kopanang Women have attended a 2 day 'Financial Savvy' course.
    The course had a huge impact on the women's determination to embrace their future... Read full story

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    Exhibition in New York: Kopanang Creation Canticle

    The Canticle of the Universe, a glorious 31 panel embroidered work which tells a story of evolution and creation, as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang, was exhibited in New York for the December 1 2014 anniversary of World AIDS Day.
    The Canti... Read full story

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    Travels in the USA: a warm welcome from Denver

    Sr Sheila and Refilwe (Nancy) have been warmly welcomed during their travels in the USA, where they have been undertaking a number of speaking engagements in Boston, San Francisco, Denver and Atlanta.
    They brought Kopanang to Christ Church,... Read full story

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    Rotary Supports Education for Kopanang Community

    The Rotary Club of Wahroonga in Sydney has resolved to support the Kopanang Community Trust after hearing a presentation by Sr Sheila Flynn OP during her visit to Sydney in August. The Club was keen to connect with a Rotary Club in South Afr... Read full story

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    At home with the families of Kopanang

    A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi
    Fourteen students and three staff members from Santa Sabina College in Strathfield, Sydney have returned from the 2014 South African Immersion e... Read full story

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    Immersion Reunion

    On Sunday August 24 thirty  ex-students from Santa Sabina College in Sydney and ten staff and parents came together at to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Year 11 students attending the Immersion Experience in South Africa.
    Th... Read full story

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    New Products

    From felt families of the ‘Big 5’ to gloriously embroidered mandalas for wall hangings, the women of Kopanang take pride in creating and designing new and beautiful products for diverse clients.
    Contact us at Kopanang to request customised homewares, ... Read full story

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    Savings Club

    A milestone was reached at Kopanang on Friday, 20th June.  Thirty-two Kopanang members signed up for the Savings Club and were put through their paces by Sr. Ann Burr, OP, who was out from Adelaide, and supported the process of setting up al... Read full story

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    Musical Dreams

    Kopanang and its friends have provided some financial support to Mavis and Jabu Mbuli to reach their dream of creating a music CD.  Sarah Feltham, music teacher at Santa Sabina College, caught their dream dur... Read full story

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    Loving Service Group Reflections

    A Reflection from Shelley about Loving Service, Responsibility, and Group Dynamics:
    A very special energy of spirit lives at Kopanang Community Trust where the community come together weekly to sew th... Read full story

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    Food Crisis

    Eleven of our Kopanang families are on the edge of malnutrition.
    San Sisto College in Brisbane, hearing of the plight of those in need responded with an offer to establish and support a food crisis program. Familes and staff of the College generously... Read full story

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    Happenings 2014

    Ashley Bryan, famed artist and children's book writer and illustrator conducted a lively and delightful workshop with 50 excited Kopanang children, who loved his poetry and story-telling. Martha & Dick Rowland, friends of Ashley who had travelled from Boston... Read full story

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    Expansion of Immersion Programs at Kopanang

    Immersion Programs began at Kopanang in 2004 with the arrival of Year 11 students from Santa Sabina College in Strathfield, Sydney. Since then the opportunity for students to live in the homes of our community members has been expanded to include annual visits fro... Read full story

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    New Education & Training Programs for our Community

    New and ongoing training opportunities are building the skills of our community members.

    Silindile is to be congratulated for the completion of a certificate aligned to Adult Basic Education & Training. Nancy continues her studies in Office ... Read full story

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    Kopanang Online Exhibition

    Kopanang artworks are currently featured on the 'out of the CUBE' virtual exhibition site. View some of our artists and their works and read more about the Kopanang 'circle of affirmation.'

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