The project is based in Langa, a township community in the outskirts of Cape Town.
Many youngsters in this neighbourhood have nothing to do except to wander the streets, which can be dangerous, but we provide them with an upbeat alternative.
Our idea is to take kids off the streets and give them something meaningful in life. It’s a way of promoting education with the kids and helping them to build self-esteem.
Dancing is not just for celebrating the present; you can dance your way to a brighter future.
Over 150 children and young adults attend Happy Feet, with dance and music classes being held in a little garage in Langa.
The children have already performed at various events at UCT, Parliament, and the One & Only Hotel which are great opportunities for them to extend their horizon beyond the boarders of Langa.
The project also has a feeding scheme providing healthy donated meals to the youngsters twice a week and we are planning to make this become a daily offer.
In order to finance the Happy Feet Youth Project we work as a township tourism operator (www.vamos.co.za) and use these connections also to provide scholarships and feeding schemes to the members of Happy Feet.
At the moment 30 of the over 150 strong Happy Feet youth receives an opportunity to get to our STEM school, but it is our goal to get them all into the program.
In January 2017 we’re starting a crowdfunding campaign for the STEM school programme.