Uganda is home to the largest population of refugees in Africa with more than 1.4 million refugees escaping violence and conflict from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
MindLeaps in Uganda:
MindLeaps began working in Uganda in 2017 to provide its dance program to vulnerable children in refugee settlements. Youth in the refugee settlements are idle and lack activities to engage in; almost all refugee children have had their school studies disrupted due to war and conflict. MindLeaps in Uganda works to restore cognitive skills and improve social emotional learning to assist these at-risk youths to recover from trauma and make positive life decisions.
MindLeaps also works with street children and vulnerable in-school youth suffering from extreme poverty in Kampala.
Since 2017, MindLeaps has worked with our local partners to provide our program to over 150 youth.
MindLeaps Partners in Uganda
Restoration and Hope for Refugees works to restore hope to refugees and to improve their quality of life by empowering them through programs targeting disadvantaged women and children. REHORE creates positive change in the refugee community by building their capacities through leadership development and community engagement to improve livelihood conditions.
Save Street Children Uganda envisions a society where no child lives on the street. SASCU exists to promote the rights of children and young people living in vulnerable situations to enable them to live meaningfully by contributing to their socio-economic welfare. Since February 2018, MindLeaps has worked with Save Street Children Uganda to provide our dance program to 51 youth.
Refuge and Hope is a non-profit organization serving the urban refugee community in Kampala, Uganda. Refuge and Hope helps refugees and displaced people rebuild their lives and prepare for the future by equipping them to thrive wherever they are — whether they remain in Uganda, resettle abroad or return to their countries of origin. Since February 2018, MindLeaps has worked with Refuge and Hope to provide our dance program to 16 youth.
M-LISADA’s mission is to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Uganda, by providing them with a home, an education, and protection. M-LISADA strives to restore dignity and self-confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future. Since February 2018, MindLeaps has worked with M-LISADA to provide our dance program to 20 youth.
HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. HIAS protects the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. HIAS advocates for the protection of refugees and assures that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. MindLeaps piloted its work in Uganda through a partnership with HIAS in January 2017, serving 75 refugee youth.
Rockies Troupe is a group of talented youth from less privileged backgrounds of different regions in Uganda who are using the arts to empower each other and earn a living amidst tremendous difficulty. MindLeaps began working with Rockies in 2018. There are currently four Rockies members who work as MindLeaps instructors in Kampala.
The Story of Zani
Zani is a 16 year-old refugee girl who has been out of school since she fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In January 2017, Zani joined the MindLeaps dance program organized by HIAS. A gifted and hard-working student, Zani was invited to join the training to become a MindLeaps instructor in 2018. Now she teaches classes to fellow refugee youth around Kampala.