In March 2012 we will launch the Ubuntu Academy in the town ships of Cape Town. The fashion magazine L’Officiel NL decided to sponsor our project with €1,- per sold issue.

What are we going to do?
Shortly: We will help street kids and youth at risk (between 16 to 18 years old) to develop their artistic skills using theatre, music, dance, photography and film. During the process they get intensive support of expert coaches. The participants will also be invited to work together with L’Officiel NL, writing blogs on www.lofficielmagazine.nl and join in photo shoots and editorials.

Why is L’Officiel NL supporting this project?
Because L’Officiel strongly believes in the power of creativity to empower these young people. It will contribute to their self-esteem, self trust and willpower to make something out of their lives!

Our project is online on the charity platform GET IT DONE. This organisation was founded by the actress Hanna Verboom, the guest editor of the ‘Freedom’ issue. With this issue the support of the Academy officially has started!


Launch of the Ubuntu Academy

Last Thursday the 9th of February was an exiting moment for us.  We presented our plans to the world. In ‘De Waag’ in Amsterdam about 70 were people present to listen to our dream: Realising the ‘Ubuntu Academy’ in Cape Town. Host of the evening was our ambassador Jack van Gelder.

After 5 years of projects focussing on empowering street children through performing arts and media we want to make the next step. To really make sure they get to develop their skills and talents to their full potential and become strong and independent people who will inspire their entire generation!

Our aim of the event was to create a group of people who like us, believe in the potential of these kids if given the chance. Together we will find ways to realise this project, not only through financing, but also through network, ideas and energy.

We also proudly introduced our three partners who already joined our Ubuntu mission:
L’Officiel NL, Frozz and Mud Jeans. They shared with the audience why they believe in the Ubuntu Academy and how besides helping to finance the project they will also provide the participants with their first real assignments related to Ubuntu Design. The outlines of Ubuntu Design were presented by team captain Lisa Ottevanger.

At the end of the presentation we launched the Ubuntu 1+1=€2 Movement. A challenge to individually raise €1.000,- by asking everyone around you for €2,- as a contribution towards realising the Academy together! An amount of money almost anyone can spare. And 2 is the magic number, the start of a group, a community, the foundation of Ubuntu,
I am because you are! Our common goal is to raise €50.000 before the 1st of May 2012.

The night gave us so much energy and support, it was wonderful and it just the beginning!