MindLeaps’ involvement in Mauritania and Kenya are examples of the partnership model at work.

In 2017, MindLeaps partnered with SOS Pairs Educateurs in Nouakchott, Mauritania to run a three-month program of dance classes for 117 street children and juvenile offenders. MindLeaps staff also provided training in the dance methodology for ten local Mauritanian teachers to continue the program.

Sy Djibril, Director of SOS Pairs Educateurs, has praised the MindLeaps program for helping their students “develop skills in discipline and perseverance, which will enable them to face the obstacles that will come their way. This is what children need in their education.”

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In 2019, MindLeaps will again partner with SOS Pairs Educateurs to implement a three-part holistic program in education, psychosocial health and nutrition that will serve 120 girls across 12 months in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The girls will receive 6 hours of dance instruction per week over 12 weeks, a daily meal program, and top students will be sponsored to enroll in school.

The 2019 program is funded by Dining for Women, a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty.