MindLeaps’ involvement in Mauritania is an example 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.”
See more from the program in Mauritania at https://youtu.be/gek6qzuV7HA.
In 2019, MindLeaps partnered with SOS Pairs Educateurs to implement a three-part holistic program in education, psychosocial health and nutrition that served 120 girls across 12 months in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The girls received 6 hours of dance instruction per week, a daily meal program, and top students were sponsored to enroll in school.
The 2019 program was funded by Dining for Women (diningforwomen.org), a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty.
In 2020-21, MindLeaps partnered with SOS Pairs Educateurs with support from the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania to launch programs to reduce poverty and promote inclusion through the advancement of girls, women and collaborative activities among ethnic groups. The program involved two components: 20 youth ages 17-26 were enrolled in MindLeaps Virtual Academy to learn skills to create businesses as well as build resilience and community during COVD-19. Second, 90 vulnerable children and youth receive the MindLeaps dance program taught by seven local dance trainers.