We can keep children safe with shelter, food, and medicine, though to really help them flourish, we need to nourish their souls.
And thanks to one incredible dance troupe, a group of underprivileged kids are having the time of their life connecting with others and relishing in the art of how to have fun.
Masaka Kids Africana sponsor kids in Uganda who have gone through some of the worst experiences a young person could face, including poverty, war, famine and disease.
Yet through dance and song, the children are encouraged to connect on a journey to recognise their potential together and as an individual with hope for the future.
Sharing infectious energy and body-popping moves online, the Masaka Kids Africana Instagram page is closing in on 1million followers thanks to the brilliant videos.
Taking inspiration from a quote credited to Albert Einstein, the group’s philosophy is: “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
Not only does the initiative help the children with performance art, they also help provide housing, food, clothing, education and medical care.
The organisation relies on the generosity of donations to help the children, raising money from performances so they can continue to care for the kids.
They are on the prowl for volunteers who share their vision too, to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry and kids have access to education and basic needs in life.
The public are also invited to sponsor individual children, with personal stories of different members from the dance troupe featuring on the Masaka Kids Africana site.
In particular, six-year-old Kiggundu Emma – who was abandoned and starved with his sister – now dreams of becoming a farmer so he can grow enough food to feed others.
One peek at the dance vids, and we guarantee you will be up dancing in the living room.
To get involved, click here: Masaka Kids Africana.