What is danceaid?
How danceaid makes a difference
As you read this, danceaid is transforming lives across the UK, Africa, and Asia. The funds you raise at your danceaid event provide support, protection, and opportunity to thousands of vulnerable children. Please visit each section and read about how danceaid transforms disadvantage through dance.
UK – Exciting new opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled children
danceaid provides emergency grants for the neediest of children and families in the UK referred to us by social workers, probation officers, and health professionals. Beneficiaries include disabled children for whom we provide specialist equipment, and children caring for chronically ill parents/relatives for whom we provide respite opportunities. We also help with the most basic of support to families that fall through the net of support from anywhere else. Read more about our work in the UK here
AFRICA – Alleviating suffering endured by AIDS orphans
danceaid funds a multitude of projects which make a phenomenal difference to the lives of innocent AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, where 1 in 5 people are living with HIV, and dying prematurely of AIDS. This silent virus leaves children without parents and vulnerable to hunger, homelessness, exploitation, and abuse. danceaid funds provide safe-havens, nutritious meals, counselling, and links to job opportunities, to protect, nurture, and sustain suffering young people. Read more about our work in Africa here
ASIA – Feeding and educating street children in Manila
On the streets of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, children as young as three years old live and work on the streets. Instead of carefree days in school, hundreds of hungry children roam with their brothers and sisters, begging for food and searching out anything they can sell to help them and their families survive. The danceaid team saw this first hand when we traveled to the other side of the world to learn more about life in the Philippines, and to find out how WE can help them.
During our trip, the problem of malnutrition became strikingly obvious when we asked children how old they were to give them the appropriate size danceaid t-shirt, only to find most of the 8-9 year old children needed age 5-6 tees. Read more about our work in the Philippines here
With your donations, danceaid deploys Street Educators in different areas of metro Manila for at least five hours a day, employing a variety of methods to help children in especially difficult circumstances. A mobile library is used for teaching. The children are taught basic skills in literacy and numeracy, and sessions on Children’s Rights make use of puppets, comic books and other visual aids to graphically illustrate sensitive topics like relationships and self-awareness.
Peer education is also a very effective tool. The child-to-child approach works well simply because children respond more easily and relate more readily to their peers than to adults. Most street children have an initial mistrust of adults, a mistrust that is not altogether unjustified as their abusers and exploiters are, for the most part, older people.
Direct medical and nutritional intervention and education are the first stages towards giving a chance of a future to hundreds of street children by supporting them in a secure and loving environment.
Just £10 will fund a child’s meals for a month. £15 will provide a month’s stationery supplies for the program. £25 funds a monthly visit by a healthcare worker from the hospital to the street education program.