KENYA & MAURITANIA
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.”
See more from the program in Mauritania at https://youtu.be/gek6qzuV7HA.
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 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.
In 2018, MindLeaps launched a program in Amagoro, Kenya working with local NGO Kiwimbi, an organization that creates Community Learning Centers to support education. MindLeaps provided dance classes to six groups of students (totaling 150 youth) for three months. The fieldwork also included an intensive Train the Trainer series to prepare and position local teachers and excelling youth to continue the program.
THE STORY OF EVA
Eva is one of the students who attended MindLeaps’ program with Kiwimbi in Kenya. From her very first class, MindLeaps trainers could tell how talented Eva was and could observe that she clearly knew many of the answers to their questions. However, whenever called on, her lack of self-esteem made it difficult for her to speak with others watching. This low self-esteem had a direct impact on her development as she stopped any tasks she was undertaking upon the smallest glance from others. Thanks to the MindLeaps’ methodology implemented by her trainers, Eva’s self-confidence has grown. Pictured is Eva with two of her trainers. This photo was taken the first time she was able to hold a full conversation with them. We are so proud of Eva’s progress and newfound confidence!