MindLeaps creates dance and educational programs for street children and out-of-school youth in post-conflict and developing countries. MindLeaps uses a kinesthetic-based curriculum to improve the cognitive skills of youth to ensure they can go to school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life.
Help Kayitare Go to School in Rwanda
"When my mom lost her job, we had no clothes. I was 8 years old, so it became my job to sell metal scraps on the streets. I couldn't go to school anymore because I had to sell everyday." - Kayitare, a MindLeaps student and street child. MindLeaps runs a center for former street children in Rwanda. The NGO attracts children like Kayitare through dance classes and develops their cognitive skills to prepare them to enter school. Kayitare joined in 2015 and is now a top student at MindLeaps.
Digital Literacy: IT for Street Children
"When I first came to MindLeaps, I didn't know how to turn on a computer. Now I can write emails and soon I'll learn to tweet! I believe in myself. I think one day I could set up my own IT institution." - Prince, a street child in Rwanda. At the MindLeaps Center for Street Youth, children, who have never touched a computer, become digitally literate - giving them tangible skills and a chance to earn a living in Rwanda's developing tech community. project reportread updates from the field
Leap Ahead: Empowering Street Youth Through Dance
"Before I started dancing, I was always thinking about the problems and stress I face on the streets. It was hard for me to think about my future. Dance has helped me to focus in a way that I was never able to before." -Eric, a street child. MindLeaps uses dance to help street children build essential cognitive and behavioral skills. By improving their mental capacity in an engaging kinesthetic learning environment, these youth can move onto the next step of our program: formal education. project reportread updates from the field
Post-Ebola Guinea: Educate & Empower The Youth
On December 29, 2015, Guinea was declared "Ebola-free" by the World Health Organization. The epidemic infected 28,000 people across West Africa, and Guinea lost 2,536 people to the virus. In the aftermath, MindLeaps' services have become more critical than ever. Families need emergency services: nutrition and psychosocial counseling. Youth need to go to school - and stay in school - in order to understand what happened and how to prevent future outbreaks. project reportread updates from the field
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Before the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, 47% of the population was living below the poverty line (CIA, 2015). Since 2014, West Africa has had over 11,000 deaths from Ebola. Five months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, Guinea is still dealing with newly confirmed cases and over 2,500 deaths (BBC, 2015). MindLeaps has been serving youth in Guinea since 2011. Now, 250 of these youth and their families are in need of humanitarian relief in the town of Kindia. project reportread updates from the field
Help Joseph Leap into a Better Future
"When I was on the streets, I never imagined that I could learn or go back to school. To think about having a future like being a doctor or any other profession wasn't even on my mind." - Joseph, a former street child. Joseph is now one of our top students at the MindLeaps center in Rwanda. He is eager to learn, spending every minute he can either in the dance studio or in the library, devouring every movement and English word he can. Now all he needs is the chance to go back to school. project reportread updates from the field
Give Samuel the Chance to Go to School
"When I was on the streets, I felt like I didn't know anything. When I came to MindLeaps I saw that I could be good at something, that I had potential." - Samuel, a former street child. Since coming to the MindLeaps Rwanda center, Samuel has risen to be one of our top performing students in dance, English, and IT classes. He is incredibly determined and dreams of a better future. All he needs now is the chance to go back to school.
Street Scholars: From The Streets to The Classroom
"When I visited that school, I felt like I was a normal child. I wasn't a street kid anymore." These are the words of Eric, a former street child who now attends Sonrise Boarding School in Rwanda. RDDC, in partnership with you, is helping street children have the chance to go to school and permanently leave their lives on the street. project reportread updates from the field
Rwandan Street Children Closing The Digital Divide
Can you imagine a street child in post-genocide Rwanda sending you an email? RDDC USA is implementing a Basic Computer Skills/IT class for street children in Rwanda who have been forced to live on the street without access to education or technology. These youth will touch computers for the first time, learn the alphabet to type their names, access information, and send emails. Children who spent their days searching for food are learning they have access to the world. project reportread updates from the field
Support Evode in Exiting Life on the Streets
Evode is one of MindLeaps' more quiet and thoughtful students. With his serious demeanor, one would be surprised by his artistic passion in the dance studio. Just as he comes alive when he is dancing, Evode has changed immensely since attending MindLeaps programs. He is a dedicated English, dance, and IT student and daily demonstrates his desire to create a better future for himself. Evode is in need of a vocational training school scholarship to help him leap forward into a better future. project reportread updates from the field

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