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Last updated December 16, 2014

Empowering Orphans through Dance

Sharing the joy & power of dance with underserved children in India, and empowering sustainable dance programs.

Empowering Orphans through Dance

Sharing the joy & power of dance with underserved children in India, and empowering sustainable dance programs.

$779
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 16 2014 7:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 16, 2014

About

Dance has always had a positive and empowering effect in my life, and I have always wanted to share that gift. About five years ago, I found an opportunity to teach dance in Panamá to underserved children… so off I went! Ever since that first experience with Movement Exchange, I have dedicated several months per year volunteering in Panamá. I have seen many of the youth we work with graduate from high school, continue their dance training, and even help their fellow students practice and perfect their skills. Volunteering with Movemement Exchange is not only about teaching dance. We are building relationships, inspiring self-confidence, and igniting a concept of unity and community. In the words of Movement Exchange:  "Movement Exchange fosters civic engagement, cross-cultural understanding, and creative expression through dance and service. Movement Exchange provides dance education to underserved populations, both locally and internationally. Welcome to dance diplomacy." 

For the first time, Movement Exchange is able to take its volunteer program to India. I will be documenting this pilot program through photography and video. 

I am raising $3000 USD to assist in the expenses needed for this project. These funds will go towards all in country costs, roundtrip airfare to India, photo/video documentation costs and sustainability to year-round dance education for Movement Exchange programs

If reaching out to underserved children to enhance their self-esteem and teach them new skills inspires you, please contribute in anyway you can.  Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

Risks and challenges

Volunteering in a foreign country can have some minor challenges. For instance, difficulties with visas, lack of clear communication due to poor internet/phone connections, and/or language barriers, etc. Although, I see no grave risks at stake in this volunteer project, I will be working with local organizations that will assist in these matters, if they arise.

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