Stepwise, a not for profit organization working to provide basic needs for East Africa’s youth, is throwing a fund raiser at the Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery in Manhattan to raise funds for Universal Children’s Centre in Mombasa, Kenya.
Conditions at Universal are par for the course in East Africa: no running water, no steady food source, and an utter lack of resources for both basic necessities and education. For instance, the children may go days without food, and live off only black tea. At school, there are no desks, no proper textbooks, no supplies, and not nearly enough room for all eight classes (170+ children) being taught in the same unbelievably cramped space.
Only two teachers are full-time at Universal (for ALL 170+ children), and get paid nothing for their work. One teacher has four children, and the other has six children of their own, all of whom suffer just as much as the orphans. Universal depends on volunteers to assist these full-timers in teaching the children, but these volunteers change week to week, and obviously their teaching skills vary. Thus, the childrenâ€™s education greatly suffers.
So if you’re in the NY area, come out and help us raise funds for these children while enjoying the sounds of the Drum Cafe, a world-renown group of African drummers who work with the best local artists and the finest international performers.Â The Drum Cafe will provide us with inspiring and fun interactive performances that cannot be missed!
Price: $50 advance purchase, $75 at the door *ask about student rates*
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm