“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
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“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!