Creativity StARTS Here is our new performing arts Project. Arts is the foundation of any innovation that is accepted and practiced universally-be it a song or a dance. This project that focuses on media and information literacy through music production. We have benefited from Media and Information Literacy programs through one of our representatives- Eric Omwanda Nehemiah. In September 2019, Eric attended Media and Information Literacy which was organized by UNESCO in Gothenburg Sweden.
Creativity StARTS Here, is a 4 weeks music project that provides mental health solutions-theurapitc healing and stability in uncertain times. In this project, we have involved 8 amateur and semi-professional musicians aged 13 to 27 years old from Mathare slums. The musicians come from different age groups, gender, people with special needs, tribe.
The main work of the musicians will be to come up with the titles, script(storyline) and lyrics of the songs. Music is therapeutic and informative in nature. The content produced will not only entertain but also provide some healing to the listeners.
The project uses music as tool to send positive messages of Hope and a bright future to the people of Mathare slums and the world during and in post COVID 19 pandemic.
Below are the deliverables;
We have also produced a peace song dubbed “Amani Amani” which translates to Peace! Peace!. This a collaborative project between Mathare Foundation and Mababa. The aim of this song was to promote peace after the General Election in Kenya in 2017.
Countless Moves is a 6 months dance project that aims at equipping young girls with both technical dance skills and life skills that will enable them to cope with vices that exist in Mathare slums such as early marriages and pregnancies among girls.Countless moves is a dance project initiated by the Mathare Foundation that seeks build capacity and enhance diversity of slum communities cultural expression through dance. It is project for 20 girls from the Mathare slums. We have also infused life skills to the participants. It is evident that young people from the slums have a lot of skills but they lack the necessary resources at their disposal. This project will give 20 young people aged 11-16 years an opportunity to learn both technical skills in dance and life skills. This is a new project that has been initiated serve the young people who have not gotten an opportunity to perform in regional and national platforms despite being talented in dance. Countless moves is bringing a new vibe into the slum dance industry.