At Molo Wethu, our aim is to find truly unique African artworks, whether painting, sculptures or pottery, and make it available to an international audience. These artworks are unique to Africa and will not be found anywhere else in the world. By doing so, we hope to raise awareness of the beauty and spirit of African art and to support hard working local artists in the process.
We see our role in the value chain as important because we can expose African artists to a global audience and enable them to sell their creations to overseas buyers. This not only generates income for these talented artists but also motivates them to continue doing what they do best. Through our online art sales, Molo Wethu is able to take part in a couple of social responsibility initiatives, including autism awareness.
What is autism?
Autism is something that we hold close to our hearts at Molo Wethu. It is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact with other people. Autism refers to a wide range of conditions that are characterised by challenges with social skills, behaviour, speech and non-verbal communication. It is estimated that 1 in 160 children have autism worldwide.
This disorder does not have a defining set of characteristics or symptoms, rather, people with autism range on a scale of severity. It is a spectrum disorder, which means that each person has a unique set of strengths and challenges. Some people with autism are highly intelligent, skilled and functional, while others may need special support and facilities.
How Molo Wethu aims to help
The phrase molo wethu means “hello ours” in isiXhosa. It is a warm greeting that is used when one wants to convey inclusivity and belonging, either to a family or group of people. In this spirit of inclusivity, we aim to promote acceptance of differently-abled humans in our society. South Africa still has a lot of progress to make with regards to fully understanding children and adults with autism.
The rest of the world may have a better understanding and acceptance of this condition, but we are trying to make progress by raising awareness of autism in South Africa. We feel that this beautiful country has a unique lens of acceptance and understanding from which to view autism and similar conditions. South Africans can be so supportive when it comes to the needs of differently-abled humans.
Through the sales of African artworks on the Molo Wethu shop, we hope to raise money for autism and begin developing our own products for children with this condition. We want to showcase Africa’s incredible artistic talent and, in the process, raise funds and awareness for people with special needs. Keep an eye on our blog for updates and more information regarding autism awareness and the launch of our future products.
To learn more about Molo Wethu and our bespoke African artworks, please do not hesitate to contact us. Molo Wethu sources, collects and distributes a variety of unique African paintings and sculptures. Visit our online store to purchase these artworks for your home or office – they are ideal for art collectors, travellers and gift-givers.
Molo Wethu supports the needs of differently-abled humans. A portion of the sales from selected products will be donated to organisations that help children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome in South Africa. This also helps to raise awareness of mental health issues in Africa.
We are able to deliver artworks around the world. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and Molo Wethu product launches, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at our blog for more informative articles on African art, empowering artists and mental health.