Po­ten­tial be­hind bars

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

In the past, classes were held for at a de­ten­tion cen­ter for mi­nors in Ad­dis Ababa. Par­tic­i­pants were young res­i­dents charged with small crimes such as petty theft, beg­ging or tak­ing drugs.

“We have no­ticed our work has a dou­ble im­pact,” Destino said on its web­site. “On the one hand, it helps chil­dren change their ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior, re­cover their trust in them­selves and be rein­serted into so­ci­ety; and on the other hand, it fa­cil­i­tates and im­proves the re­la­tion­ship between the chil­dren and the cen­ter staff.”

The com­pany fol­lows a two-pronged strat­egy. “We are us­ing dance to help the com­mu­nity, work­ing around dif­fer­ent is­sues of Ethiopian so­ci­ety - like child mar­riage, HIV/AIDS and disability,” De­missie said. Destino is go­ing to schools and dif­fer­ent cities in Ethiopia to cre­ate aware­ness of these is­sues.

They also per­form out­side Ethiopia, mostly in the West, to pro­mote Ethiopian cul­ture.

“Our plan for 2018 is to or­ga­nize a tour in Europe and per­form and teach in dif­fer­ent coun­tries as we did in 2014-15,” Marta Romero added. “Mainly, our vi­sion is that dance can be a perfect tool to trans­form lives, not only in Africa, but around the world.” (Re­port­ing from Ad­dis Ababa)

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