Dance of Hope (DOH) was born out of M-LISADA which stands for Music Life Skills and Destitution Alleviation a children’s home for orphans and at-risk youth in the Katwe slum of Kampala, Uganda. Many have grown up in extreme poverty and have endured various adverse conditions, including separation from family, hunger, and in many cases, physical and mental abuse. In 1996, eight of these children looked to street performances as a way to escape their harsh and dire realities. Even though Katwe has been recognized for having the highest crime-ridden areas in Africa, M-LISADA saw pass this and discovered the transformative power of the performing arts through music, dance, and storytelling. With your support, DOH can share their stories of triumph and help to educate and empower young people to become independent global citizens.