We bring children in informal settlements in Kenya together through dance. Read more

ChezaCheza means playful in Swahili.

We are dance educators and experts in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through movement! What we do is increase access to social-emotional learning to children in informal settlements through the power of dance. Our dance curriculum incorporates mindfulness, breath work, and dance exercises based on techniques from dance movement therapy to provide an innovative framework to learn. In our class, children experience the joy of dancing in a safe space while building positive behaviour and essential social and emotional skills.

We create more and more safe spaces within communities and schools through a network of local dance educators. They are ideal facilitators because they come from the same communities as our children and understand their challenges. ChezaCheza educators commit to our training program which enables them to lead classes in their neighbourhood and in schools, become agents for social change, and ultimately transform their communities.

We want to create safe spaces where you feel like you’re growing, where you belong and can make mistakes. We cannot change the environment, but what we can do is build strong minds. Everything starts with the mind

- Francis Odhiambo, co-founder of ChezaCheza

ChezaCheza's vision

Empowering children with the capacity to make responsible life choices and realize their full potential

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What we do?

Life Skills Education

ChezaCheza emphasizes the necessity of good life skills as an effective way to deal with the challenges of life, stimulate positive behaviour and decision-making.

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ChezaCheza keeps on building

3

Dance Hubs

6

Staff

230

Kids per week

5

Schools reached

520

Community classes provided

96

School classes provided

Our partners

Three core elements of life skills education

Knowing and appreciating oneself

Knowing how to interact with others

Effective decision-making

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