There are many organizations focused on the rebuilding of Rwanda after the genocide of 1994, but only Jean Paul Samputu, founder and creator of the Mizero Children of Rwanda, is helping to teach orphaned children about their culture through music and dance.
After working locally to bring a sense of self esteem and culture back to those children so devastated by the genocide and AIDS epidemic, Samputu has brought a troop of twelve of these children to the U.S. to tour. The Meizero Children of Rwanda are performing across the country, demonstrating what they've learned and have come to value as well as educating the public about the crisis in their home country.
This first tour kicked off at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Asheville, N.C., in October and will conclude at United Nations Day in New York this December. The organization hopes to raise awareness as well as funds to support an arts-centered academy where it can continue its mission to keep the culture of Rwanda alive in the children.
Check out the itinerary below and if the Mizero Children are performing near you, you will want to make the time to get out and see their show. If they group is not coming near you, you can find out more about the organization and what it is doing to help the millions of orphaned children in Rwanda by visiting their official website.
November 20 Greenwich, CT Greenwich High School
November 28 Buena Park, CA Knott’s Berry Farm
November 29-30 Lake Forest, CA Saddleback Church
December 5 East Walpole, MA Union Congregational Church
December 6 Springfield, NH Grace Children’s Home
December 7 North Sutton, NH Kearsarge Regional High School
December 8 Sterling, MA Hope Chapel
December 9 Bedford, NH Bedford Community Church
December 12-14 Seneca Falls, NY Global Education Motivators school
December 15 New Canaan, CN New Canaan YMCA Event
December 16 White Plains, NY The Presbyterian Church of White Plains
December 19 New York City, NY United Nations Day