In October Purple Hand Africa hosted an Expressive Writing Camp which was held in Harare. The camp brought together 12 participants of diverse gender and sexuality identities from different parts of the country.
These included, 1 Trans woman, 1 female bisexual, 2 lesbians, 3 trans man, 2 gay men, 1 heterosexual female and 1 heterosexual male. The cities represented were Beitbridge, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Gweru and Harare.
Topics covered ranged from Gender and Power dynamic, Self Introspection through Art, COVID 19 and its effects on queer bodies, Self Reflection and Discovery through Writing, Mental Health Journaling, Group Counselling and Sex Talk.
The writing camps assist participants in gaining expressive writing skills which will lead to improved self-concept and sense of control over one’s life, improved happiness, life satisfaction and ambition. Providing an experience of collective effectiveness and engagement.
The camps are held bi-monthly and this is always an interesting time that brings the community together in our diversity. Most participants leave the camp feeling refreshed and much stronger to face live adversities. It is also a space where networks are created among community members where one gets to learn that they are not alone and friendships are created beyond culture or geographical location.
To be a part of the upcoming camps click here to apply