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THE MWANGA ARTS CENTRE

KENYA

Our motivation is to empower impoverished children and young adults with the skills realized via the performing arts to overcome their socio-economic adversities.

The Mwanga Arts Centre project is the answer to the poor conditions under which the students of Ghetto Classics are learning at the St. John’s Centre in Korogocho, a multipurpose site adjacent to one of the biggest dump sites in Africa -- the Dandora Landfill. Some months ago, St. John’s Centre was caught in one of many spontaneous fires, resulting in a loss of instruments, classroom space and put the lives of students, teachers and administrators in life-threatening danger. Aside from the fires, the leaking of chemical waste and toxic materials from the Dandora Landfill into the Nairobi River, a waterbody which flows into the Indian Ocean, presents environmental consequences of a global scale.

The Mwanga Arts Centre is supported by a number of objectives featured on the United Nation’s List of Sustainable Development Goals, such as ‘ Quality Education’ , ‘Good Health & Well-Being’, ‘Clean Water & Sanitation’ , ‘Affordable & Clean Energy’ , ‘Sustainable Cities & Communities’ , which address and provide solutions to the identified problems associated with the Dandora Landfill. It is our mission to transform a section of the landfill into a green, self-sustaining centre of education and community enrichment.

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