Thanks to a generous gift from a World Dance supporter, the Cokawi project is underway! An agriculture adviser has visited and developed plans with the community. A group of laborers is now working with the women to “tame” their marshland.
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On July 26th, World Dancers and friends gathered for a fabulous night of dancing at a local club, Creekside. Our local 70s band, SoulBiscuit donated their time and talent so all the funds we raised could go to Rwanda. On July 28th, $1,800 was wired to Rwanda to purchase 40 GOATS for the Tubeho
On July 10th, seven World Dancers returned from our visit to Rwanda, exhausted, inspired, and happy in the knowledge that work we are doing in the 20 communities we are serving in Rwanda is the right work to be doing, and is helping each group carve a future for themselves.
All of the travelers will be taking photos and video, and writing their impressions – but Jenna Tico has taken on the task of being our official Trip Scribe, creating daily reports that Leah Combs will upload to this Blog each day.
Seven World Dancers: Zoraida Abresch, Debra Geiger, Marisia Gonzales, Danna Mead, Janet Reineck, Sherry Robin, and Jenna Tico, have been preparing since March for a two-week trip to Rwanda to visit the communities we serve. As our departure date approaches, we’ve been gathering donations of supplies we will give the leaders of the cooperatives who will distribute to the members most in need.
In May, Justin visited the Joy cooperative to deliver the wonderful news that World Dance has raised $4,500–collected from class proceeds and donations–for their farming project. With the money they will purchase a two-acre parcel of land and materials to build a cow shed so they can sustain themselves with a milk business.
…”there’s a splash of magic that occurs and voila, dresses and shorts surprisingly appear in faraway lands in Africa. With the collaboration of World Dance for Humanity, the sewing ladies of the Carpinteria Community Church and the Carpinteria Rotary, dresses and shorts will be delivered to children Rwanda this month. How lucky are we?”
We are delighted to introduce you to Chantal Kubwimana, a talented, compassionate, beautiful young Rwandan woman who will be assisting our Rwanda Program Driector, Justin Bisengimana, and his assistant Danny, in our work. Chantal is Justin’s sister. When we visited Rwanda last June, she was in college studying Rural Development.
If you’re lucky, you’ll see our World Dancers around town in a bouquet of colors and styles. The beautiful printing job was graciously done by by Recovery Ranch Sober Living in Santa Ynez. We’ll be proudly wearing our shirts and using our shopping bags around town, sharing World Dance for Humanity’s message of service. We […]
World Dance for Humanity is delighted to welcome David Powdrell to our Advisory Board and to the Finance Committee of the WD4H Board. David is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Colorado. He has served on the Board of Directors for Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Carpinteria Rotary Charitable Foundation, Carpinteria Noontime […]
The goal of WD4H in 2014 is to help start a business in each of the 14 cooperatives we support in Rwanda so they can develop sustainable incomes. On May 27, 28, and 29, we held a business training workshop for 20 members of the Kungabu and Abakundana Cooperatives in the Cyangugu District of southwest Rwanda. The 11 women and 9 men who took part spent three life-changing days together. This was the first time these two communities had ever met. The workshop taught them the basics of business and gave them a chance to share their cultures and ideas as never before.
Each Memorial Day, Madonnari (street painters) transform the Old Mission plaza into a spectacle of color and creativity with 150 beautiful, vibrant chalk images. This year, World Dance for Humanity was delighted to take part, sponsoring Art Walk for Kids/Adults, a program for artists with disabilities, to create beautiful 8’ by 12’ chalk drawing expressing the joy of dance. We’re grateful to Teresa Nowak who’s idea sparked this collaboration, and Kerrie Kilpatrick-Weinberg, Director and Founder of Art Walk.
“When we realized we had a dream to create a sewing business we thought we were foolish because there was no way for us to make it happen. Justin encouraged us to keep our dream, but we had little hope that some time our project would be funded. We developed that idea like people who were gambling. Now that we have funding, I can imagine seeing my friends, coop members making clothes like our dresses to earn money. Thank you so much to World Dance for allowing us to have such a huge opportunity which will lead us into our future.” Ponciana Nyiraneza
“On May 17th, World Dance for Humanity and friends brought more joy and hope to our people through their donation. We give so many thanks for turning the dreams of this community into reality. Thank you for bringing such a big hope that a better future is possible. It is not just providing cows but you are building a foundation of sustainable development.” Justin Bisengimana
World Dance is working to make sure every family has a goat and every community has a cow. The cows are owned collectively by the community – each family gets a portion of the milk and manure. We’re thrilled to introduce you to all SEVEN calves born to the cows provided by World Dance and Goats for Life!
From Justin Bisengimana: “Sponsors, you may think that sending a letter to your sponsored child is something simple and small… but it is not. It changes their lives in ways beyond your imagination. It gives confidence and hope to know that somebody out there has taken time to write. You make them feel that they matter in their communities. They are covered by joy after receiving a letter from a thousand miles…”
The day before Mother’s Day, World Dancers ventured out into community to share the gift of music and movement, to connect with folks who are confined, for most of each day, to a wheelchair, and to honor an extraordinary generation of Americans.
It’s not too late to get a goat for your favorite Mom! $45 buys a goat that will change a family’s life in a simple, sustainable, meaningful way. Juanita will send a beautiful card to the mothers on your list!
On April 18th, Justin gave us the heartbreaking news that one of our sponsored children Philbert Munezero, a 17 year-old boy from the Umunezero (Joy) cooperative, had passed away the night before. Justin had been with the boy two days before during the student assessment. A day later Philbert was in the hospital complaining of […]
On Tuesday, April 21st, World Dance sent start-up funds for the first 4 of 14 businesses being launched by the communities we serve in Rwanda.
From Justin: At Joy (Umunezero), Courage (Komera), and Let Us Live (Tubeho) cooperatives, we have been busy distributing letters from Sponsors to their students. This is a huge emotional support to these children. It gives hope for them that somebody faraway cares about them. Sponsors’ letters and photos are creating such moving memories in the […]
From Justin in Rwanda: “There are 10 students in WD scholarships. In general they performed well and they are so much courageous and committed to working hard to prove to their sponsors that they are doing their best with this support. Some of them have received letters from their sponsors. After reading and answering their […]
“I couldn’t believe that my Sponsor Leslie could take the time to write such a letter to somebody like me. It gives more hope and a feeling that I am really cared about. Thank you so much Leslie.” Dear Rosette (the second girl from the left, who was in tears) The joy of receiving…and giving […]
As the remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide drew to a close, World Dance for Humanity invited the community to a Rwanda benefit at a favorite Santa Barbara dance club. It was an amazing night of non-stop dancing to the irresistible funk-soul sound of SOULBISCUIT… and we raised a total of $1,500, […]
On March 30, 30 World Dancers enjoyed a wonderful time together… a beautiful evening around the campfire getting to know each other, a cozy fun night in the cabins, a gorgeous morning, a splendid hike and visit with the llamas and goats in a field above the Pacific. What a special time at El […]
We enjoyed a wonderful “First Thursday” outing, dancing our way down Santa Barbara’s State Street, sharing the free and open spirit of our World Dance community with passersby. Thank you everyone who took part!
Recently, Justin Bisengimana brought “Unite to Light” solar lights to our Twa (Pygmy) community in southwest Rwanda where there is 12 hours of darkness every day, all year long. On the road near the Twa cooperative, Justin met a woman who had given birth to a baby girl a few nights before, and gave a […]
Never Again has always had one simple drum to accompany their worship services—which are the heart and soul of their communal life. They wanted a keyboard, microphone, and a sound system to “amplify” their spiritual life and increase the numbers of people participating. Justin brought this request to World Dance in December of 2012. When […]
“An individual has not started living until they can rise above the narrow confines of their individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. On the morning of January 20th, 16 World Dancers took part in Santa Barbara’s annual MLK tribute. We were honored by the invitation to help kick-off […]
Dear Janet, Teresa, and members of the World Dance for Humanity, I cannot begin to express the joy, love, beauty, and prayer you brought to everyone at Old Mission Santa Barbara for our Rain Dance gathering – celebrating together and expressing our common need. This day, and your leadership and dance, was an incredible inspiration […]
In December of 2013, World Dancers once again performed for retired communities and homes for the disabled in Santa Barbara. All of our hearts were opened…and filled. It was the highpoint of our holiday season!