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Themes and Questions

  • What is it like to walk in my shoes?  Where do I come from?  Where am I going?  What is the foundation on which I stand?

  • What colors and words represent me?

  • Mama's Kitchen:  We share our culture and identity through making meals and eating together.  Before each meal, we raise blessings, poems and prayers that reflect all of our cultural identities and languages, and express our gratitude.

  • Theater & Movement:  How can we share our stories and imaginations through performing arts?  We danced, we improvised, we told stories, created gesture poems and tableaus to express our journeys.

SEE ME: Beautiful Women Portrait Project




My name is Nozuko Mnyumbela.

I live in Malmesbury,

West Coast of Cape Town

South Africa.


I am a mother of a 13 year old

girl and the breadwinner of my

family. I work full time as a housekeeper and

I'm going to school to become a nurse.


I am a part of The Mama Project because it is my passion to involve myself with other women sharing different stories, uplifting each other, and restoring our dignity as women and female gender to be recognized as leaders, meaning we become a head not a tail.  


In future I dream The Mama Project will be recognized world wide as the Project that makes a huge change in our societies, as a Project that cares about the neglected woman.



My name is Gladys Martins. 

I live in 7deLaan,

West Coast of Cape Town

South Africa.

I have two teenagers and I’m

a grandmother of one.  I work

once a week and am the provider of the household.  My daughter works part-time and is going to grade 12 again.


I’m part of the Mama Project because it gives me a lot of confidence.


It is nice to go out with the Mama Project because I live alone and enjoy the company.  The pictures we took during the project are now a piece of art in my home.


My dream is to stay in the Mama Project and fulfill whatever it is that life has for me.  It is a great joy for me to be with the Mama Project because I meet many people and communicate with them.


Final Exhibit:  Walk In My Shoes, a public exhibit and celebration at the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha.

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