Well, it turns out that all of the handwringing over last week’s post was for nothing. The response to Zweli and Nosi’s story has been completely overwhelming, so we wanted to give you a little more information and some ways to help keep these talented students on the right track.
One of the most remarkable things about both Zweli and Nosi is their resilience. No matter what is happening at home, when they walk through the doors of the Dance for All studios, a different side of these siblings is revealed. No longer shy or reserved, Nosi beams with the pride that comes from doing something well. And Zweli channels all of his energy into intense concentration and focus.
Zweli and Nosi’s struggles at home, which were chronicled in last week’s post, makes their successes and positive attitudes that much more remarkable. It also shows that with just a little more of a push, we can help make sure these two can reach their potential–with full stomachs and a little more security. And while their story is certainly moving, they are only representatives of a set of serious problems that plague many of the students that Dance for All serves.
Many people contacted us to ask how they could help Zweli, Nosi and the dozens and dozens of other Dance for All students who are in similar circumstances. If you have a specific gift in mind, please contact DFA’s Company Manager Marlene at email@example.com or you can make a donation directly through the DFA website. If you’re in the Cape Town, South Africa area, food vouchers and dance clothing contributions are always warmly accepted and distributed to the students most in need.
Your support–whether it’s donating, getting involved or simply passing these stories along–is making a world of difference for these children. We can’t thank you enough.