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Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga

by Universal Promise
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga
Keep 1000s South African Kids Safe via Arts & Yoga


Samkelwe Secondary School's transformation includes plans to build a studio space to complement a curriculum that focuses on emotional, physical, and sexual health. Yoga, meditation, the arts, and self-defense classes will help learners cope with life's stresses, which are exacerbated by 70% unemployment, poor healthcare, and poverty. Funds will also be used to conduct workshops led by professionals and to train locals to assume responsibility and ensure sustainability so all may RISE UP.

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Nomathamsanqa, a vibrant, welcoming township of 10,696 Xhosa in South Africa, sadly faces 70% seasonal unemployment, poverty, poor healthcare, high HIV rates, addiction, and illiteracy. Few services exist to assist the residents, so the youngest to the oldest are often left to heal on their own. After systematically leading two previously underserved schools to points of independence, we are now involved at the local high school, where we encounter learners asking for intervention and support.


The studio will provide a much-needed complement to a new after-school health curriculum that addresses emotional, physical, and sexual health. Students and educators will learn to do yoga and meditate, dance, sing, and practice self-defense as ways to handle life and thrive. While everyone needs to take a break from the 21st-century's pace, these practices are particularly important in a community where everyday challenges are exacerbated by the ills associated with the aftershock of apartheid.

Long-Term Impact

We believe this unprecedented studio will positively affect the emotional and physical well-being of students, educators, and families. The long-term impact may include better coping mechanisms, less anxiety, and fewer physical diseases fueled by anxiety. The studio will boost self-esteem, nurture camaraderie, and reflect dignity, granting students a facility they richly deserve. This sustainable project will also employ locals and welcome guest experts for guidance and student support.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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The talented learners to be served by the studio
A short history up through 2016

Organization Information

Universal Promise

Location: Newport, RI - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @unipromise
Project Leader:
Martha Cummings
Newport, RI United States
$5,000 raised of $5,000 goal
66 donations
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