Home of Hope, a girls’ shelter in Berea Johannesburg received a transformation which will help change lives for the better. The Metamorphosis project spent four days making over the home, a shelter for destitute teenage girls. The project also received two double bunk-beds with mattresses from Lotters Pine, a national chain of furniture stores. These were desperately needed for the home and it now means more girls will get a good night’s sleep for the first time ever. “We couldn’t have donated our beds to a more deserving place than the Home of Hope. These girls have had very little comfort in their lives and we feel a comfortable bed offers more than a good night’s sleep, it will also provide them with a sense of security,” says Ciro Sargenti, Operations Director from Lotters Pine.

The Metamorphosis project was created by well-known interior designer and artist Verity Maud for Afrikaburn 2015, a spectacular annual arts and culture event which takes place in the Karoo. “Working with the theme of metamorphosis, the vision was to act as a catalyst for change in ourselves, our communities both close and extended,” says Maud.

The volunteer-driven project is entirely not for profit and involved a team of 40 committed people who along with Maud spent three months in Jo’burg constructing Metamorphosis, an amazing temple of transformation, and two weeks erecting it in the Karoo. “As an art-cum-social project for change, we wanted it to have a profound effect on everyone working on the piece and at the same time transform lives for the better,” Maud says.

So, during the build process she partnered with a local youth centre in Alexander and trained four people in wood work. “We took them with to Afrikaburn to see the project through which has been totally life changing for them. They are now working on their own art installation in Alex and one of the guys has found employment using his new skills,” explains Maud.

The Metamorphosis project didn’t stop there and wanted to also physically transform a space in Jo’burg’s inner-city where it was most needed. Maud identified the Home of Hope in Berea as a deserving space. Big-hearted Mam Khanye has run the shelter for 15 years now and the girls staying there are all survivors of trafficking, abuse and poverty. “We wanted to gift them and the phenomenal woman running the home with something special. The best thing we could offer was a ‘mini- makeover’, to create a space for the girls where they can heal, grow and study in a beautiful environment. The beds from Lotters Pine have made a huge difference,” says Maud. “We have also raised some money but it’s not enough and we need more to complete the project,” Maud states. “We are appealing to the public to assist us in making a difference to these girls’ lives.” Anyone interesting in assisting or donating to this project can contact Verity Maud on verity@veritymauddesign.co.za .


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