Inspiration: Ubuntu street theater for kids

Written by on August 13, 2012 in Body & Mind, Wellbeing - Comments Off on Inspiration: Ubuntu street theater for kids

Worldwide, an estimated 100 million children live on the street, exposed to drugs, criminality and prostitution. They are deprived of physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development every kid has a right to. These kids often suffer immense hardship due to the hard street life and from chronic illness due to lack of hygiene and medical care.

Dutch organization Ubuntu organizes theaters with and for street kids all over the world. Through these performances, Ubuntu hopes to improve the perspective of these street children and to save them from prostitution, drugs and criminality. By using the power of theatre, Ubuntu gives the children their pride and self esteem back and creates a sense of responsibility in the child’s community. The performance always relates directly to the children’s environment in its theme. The show is performed on squares and in parks: the street is the theatre and entrance is free for the community.

Recently, Ubuntu has started the Ubuntu Academy in Cape Town. Inspired by 10 professional Coaches, 50 vulnerable and disadvantaged youngsters (16 to 18) will be trained to develop their creative talents and skills enabling them to create a better future for themselves and the generations to come. The Ubuntu Academy guides the youngsters until they have found a job or start their own business.

Watch this video to learn more about Ubuntu’s great work.

 

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