Hard Work Pays Off

In 2015, MindLeaps opened its center in Kigali, Rwanda, welcoming street kids and vulnerable youth to a safe place where they were given a lunch meal and enjoyed a fun dance program. Fiston was among the first kids to join the program. Fiston had never danced before,...

Leaping from Good to Great

  Since 2014, when it opened its permanent center in Kigali, Rwanda, MindLeaps has witnessed amazing transformations. Kids have left street life forever and now excel in school after reintegration. Vulnerable in-school kids have a renewed interest in learning and...

Raising the Next Generation’s Leaders

In January 2019, MindLeaps recruited twenty new out-of-school youth. When they joined the program, these kids had never danced before. “Our muscles hurt the first two weeks and we almost wanted to stop coming to the center. But as time went on, we fell in love with...

Girls Speak Up: Sex Education in Rwanda

This particular class was a room of twenty Rwandan girls, ages 13 to 19, who come from vulnerable families living in the slums of Kigali. They are students at MindLeaps where I began teaching classes this past spring. Thanks to the generosity of the Alice Rowan...

The Success of Zidane

Zidane Ndatimana lives with his mother and 10 siblings. Coming from a poor family and facing difficult life conditions, in 2009, Zidane decided to go to the street. Zidane joined MindLeaps dance program through its early partnership with FidesCo, another organization...