“We Are the Home for the Dreamers”: “Sisi Ndio Nyumba ya Waotaji”.
From decades of colonial repression, war, and division, a generation has emerged in Central and East Africa. A generation not only demanding change but actively working to bring about change.
Division causing petty jealousies and the inefficient use of the funding dollar has invoked a need for unity, accountability, transparency, and the responsible and efficient use of money.
“We Are the Home for the Dreamers” has been established to provide leadership and direction in the vast field of humanitarian aid for disadvantaged men, women, and children. Humanitarian aid that includes, accommodation, food, clothing, education and training in dance, arts and crafts in Goma, D.R.C and Arusha, Tanzania.
A board of directors and a management team will scrutinise all requests for funding. Requests will need a budget and a business plan with a commitment to keeping good records and receipts.
Central and East Africa has been devastated by war, volcanic eruptions and the Covid 19 pandemic. There is an urgent need for money to support multiple programmes until they become self-sufficient again, generating their own sustainable incomes.
The board of “We Are the Home for the Dreamers”, has representatives from: Kongo People TV, Africa’s Tears, Babu na Mwana, Nyumba ya Muotaji, Sikilika Project, and Wazo.
The GoFundMe campaign will be administered from Australia during the development stage and funds will be dispersed to Africa, through Western Union and World Remit.
Jospin Katendere is Congolese, born 2001 in Goma, DRC.
Jospin began dancing at an early age and at the age of 15 became involved in the supervision of Street Children. He then began teaching dance and movement to hearing impaired children.
2017 saw Jospin establishing African’s Tears. The motivation to wipe away the tears of marginalised, disadvantaged people, particularly children and the untimely death of his father, animates him. African’s Tears now has their own rented centre where they provide accommodation, food, craft, and dance training and provides school fees and uniforms to vulnerable children.
Covid 19 and the eruption Mount Nyiragongo has made it very challenging to gain funds, but Jospin and his crew are optimistic about the future.
Akonkwa Bujiriri Hosea, a native of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, is artistically known as Osée Elektra. Hosea was born 2000 into a city shattered, martyred, and immolated on the altar of almost incessant wars and conflicts for almost three decades. Circumstances flung Hosea and his family onto the streets when he was 9 years of age, a period he describes as the worst in his young life. A taste of the wickedness surrounding him forged a compassion and passion that has led to his commitment to other children who face similar disastrous circumstances.
Having lived in continual crises we have kept faith in resilience, in this last breath of people who say no to death even when life exposes us to it. We also continue to believe in the hope we create in the lives of each child impacted by our activities, and we hope we are not alone.
2018 saw Hosea giving workshops and training in the oratorical arts to Street Children. This evolved into the concept of “Wazo” (The Idea), the objective being not to be the voice of those who have lost theirs but to equip them so that they are also able to put words about their ailments and trigger in them the flame of hope long extinguished by the shape of their lives.
Hosea organises artistic creation sessions with children in two support centres for children living in the street of Goma.
Jean Baptiste Mbavumoja, born 1998, lives in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He was raised in extreme poverty after his father died when he was aged 5.
Through hard work and dance, he determined to change the lives of many other children in his neighbourhood.
Meeting fellow Africans and a grandfather from Australia through their organisation "We Are the Home For the Dreamers", gave him the inspiration to develop a broadcasting hub to share with the world the situation in Goma DRC.
Yes, we have crisis, poverty, and many complications from the volcano and Covid 19, but we focus on the love, joy, and talent we have.
Kongo People TV will be a platform to share with you our talented creative dancers, poets, artists, and musicians, also
to develop a revenue stream to provide food, accommodation, education for the severely disadvantaged children like he was.
Jean is very grateful for the sponsorship he has received, and your support will make it possible to have many children who will also be thankful because you will have given them a future. It was very difficult for him to learn to trust people, but through the love, kindness, and support of other caring people, Jean now want to be the same to others.
Will you please join him?
Emanuel Amani Mbise born 1995, Singida, Central Tanzania. Moving with his family to Nkomansa at a young age, to the paternal family village. He ran away to the 'Street' when he was 15 from a dysfunctional home plagued by alcoholism and abuse.
Emanuel was one of the first students who began the metal jewellery program, established in 2016, through an NGO in Nkoaranga. He graduated in 2018 from the program and is now teaching silversmithing to Maasai Women and has a studio BABU NA MWANA where he teaches traditional and contemporary jewellery making to other disadvantaged people.
In 2017-18, Emanuel responded to a need for sweaters at the public school in Nkoaranga and organised a fundraiser which was able to purchase 300 garments. He was also instrumental in arranging for a married friend to acquire a new prosthetic leg.
There are thousands of young men like Emanuel, your participation will assist in changing the lives of many of them.
Martin Afrael Pallangyo born 1991 in Arusha Tanzania.
Martin’s childhood had many challenges, including lack of care, lack of food and health care. Excessive alcoholism is a scourge in many villages throughout East Africa.
At an early age, Martin recognised a desire to make art and the benefits derived from an art education.
After several years where he worked to gain an art education, he set up his practice.
Since 2017, Martin has been involved in BIBI BAGS, supporting mothers of Meru through the making of traditional fabric shopping bags. Setting up NYUMBA YA MUOTAJI provided a gallery space for artists and workshops for children to develop drawing and painting skills.
Martin is totally committed to improving the whole community and includes lessons on drug and alcohol abuse in his projects. His art practice incorporates educating and conveying messages about the great or good weaknesses that exist in his society.