Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) was established in 2006 as Interfaith Foundation of South Africa and was renamed in 2009. Since its establishment THI has been pursuing the goal of strengthening dialogue and tolerance among people who come from different backgrounds. We strongly believe that the future of humanity should be built on a culture of coexistence, dialogue and tolerance. Differences should be seen as a strength and that which can serve as multiple opportunities for building an inclusive world.
Refugee Concert 2020 - To create awareness about the challenges of the refugees and other forcibly displaced people especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, through inspiring people by the music.
- To make people think that "if you could just put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a moment, perhaps you would understand why life is not as easy as you seem to think. Would you be able to imagine what life as a refugee would look like? Can you imagine the challenges and daily struggles you would face?". Misinformation and lack of awareness about the issues affecting refugees and people seeking asylum are key factors leading to negative opinions of these groups.
- To help the audience understand the situation by re-framing it in a familiar context. By shifting the debate away from refugee statistics and refocusing on the attitudes of those who may not be sure who refugees even are, one can create connections through common experiences and increase understanding.
- To help the audience understand that the refugees are not burden at the target country, but they contribute a lot, especially as skilled labour.
- To contribute to social cohesion against xenophobia attacks in South Africa. We will spread the message that South Africa is not a xenophobic country, and that we are a people who still follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada.