World Dance for Humanity – 2016 Highlights
By Janet Reineck, WD4H Executive Director
With special thanks to Genevieve Feiner – Our full-time assistant and collaborator
We are so grateful for the interest, support, and involvement of our dancers and donors, which made wonderful things happen in 2016 – at home and in Rwanda!
CLICK HERE to see our Field Reports – Your support in action!
Santa Barbara: We continued to offer 5 classes each week to our enthusiastic community of dancers (with all proceeds going to our aid projects), reach out to wheelchair-bound seniors and disabled adults, and help the Westside Boys & Girls Club with at-risk youths in their after-school program. Thriller 2016 was a big success, with 200 dancers, 20 Flashmobs, and $10,209 raised for our Rwanda Education Fund!
Our contributions to the Rwandan communities in 2016:
Education: Stipends for 7 Primary, 109 Secondary, and 17 College Students in 2017
Agriculture: 7 parcels of Farmland, 15 Cows, 17 Goats, 100 Chickens
New Businesses: Twirererabana’s Dignity Café, Abishyizehamwe Bakery, Ruganeheza Water Project
Support for Existing Businesses: Twa Seamstresses, Kungabu Fish Farm, Tubeho Bakery, Umunezero Chicken Farm, and Abaharaniramahoro Wedding Rentals
Training: Co-op Leadership and Management Training, and Student Leadership Training
Community Assistance: 102 Mattresses, Health Insurance for 1,500 people, and four Teachers’ Salaries