Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shangalia... celebrating the performing arts in a Nairobi slum

On Saturday, May 21st, Brian and I (along with a teaching friend and colleague, Misha) visited Shangalia, a children's centre in one of Nairobi's slums. This is a very special place that, for 16 years, has been using the performing arts to help street kids deal with their experiences. Next year Misha and I are planning to have our Global Issues Network students visit Shangalia on Wednesday afternoons to help with the school program at Shangalia and to partner in many other ways; while we were visiting to chat further about what the partnership could look like, we were treated to some performances by the children. Acrobatics, brass band, dance... many performing arts are celebrated at the centre which, in English, is called Rejoice.

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