KADO (Kenyan Artists with Disability Organisation)

Published on July 1, 2014 um 17:25

Summary of your idea

KADO is a unique and innovative concept developed to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. This exciting project will allow persons living with disability in Kenya to obtain a free, quality vocational education in arts, craft and trade. Working as a community based non-profit in the Nyanza province (region of Kenya with the highest rate of disability), KADO will provide local PWDs with the opportunity to transform their lives. As one of the most marginalized groups in Kenya, PWDs suffer from cultural prejudice, stigma and discrimination. Traditional beliefs, deeply rooted in Kenyan culture, hold that disability is a curse, a result of witchcraft, and can bring deep shame to families. In some cases, PWDs are isolated, neglected and physically abused. KADO is a project that will bring hope to PWDs suffering under this cultural stigma. Through the expression of their voices, stories and experiences through the arts, KADOs greatest goal is to challenge, defy and change the nations perception of disability. The project will train artists, and promote their work throughout Kenya. KADO will run technical classes in dance performance, jewellery-making, tailoring and more. Our students will receive practical hands-on training, and these skills learnt will enable our artists to develop a financially self-supporting livelihood, and liberate themselves from the cycle of extreme poverty. KADOs three core objectives: 1. Provide local PWDs with a free education in arts, craft or trade, which will equip them with the necessary vocational skills and knowledge to create a financially self-sustaining new livelihood. 2. Provide a safe, creative space for PWDs to express their feelings and experiences through artistic forms. 3. Represent and promote students work nationally and internationally, to improve their economic, social and cultural status, and to challenge the stigma attached to disability in Kenya.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

In the local dialect, Kado translates to soup, which in the Nyanza province is culturally connected to the idea of being nourished or fulfilled. One of the key values of this project will be to nourish and support artists not only through the provision of free education, but to continue supporting them beyond completion of their classes, to ensure they successfully transition to their new careers. Beyond completion of the training program, we will work to ensure they are able to successfully establish themselves as working artists, or start their own small-businesses. Graduates of the dance program will be employed by the KADO Dance Co, which will undertake paid professional work across East Africa, and will exclusively feature dancers with disability. Graduates of the craft and trade courses (e.g. jewellery-making and tailoring) will be offered ongoing access to workshop space and equipment until they are able to open their own small businesses. Alternatively, artists will be able to market and retail their work through the project, with proceeds going back to the artists. KADO will also offer materials at subsidised rate to graduates working out of our workshop. KADO aims to enroll set numbers of students in each program, with intakes twice yearly. Working with the teachers, we will develop set curriculums for each class, to closely monitor and evaluate students progress. In the first intake, we aim to enroll fifteen dance performance students, and ten to twelve students in the tailoring and jewellery-making programs. We expect KADO to make a positive contribution to the local community by providing education and employment opportunity to PWDs who are culturally considered a burden to their families and the community. The project will also provide employment for local residents through the hire of class teachers, and other support staff as needed.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Starting out at a grass-roots level, we have a bold vision for future of KADO. The project, as a community-based organisation, will start out by servicing the local community of the Nyanza province, Kenya. However, as we develop and expand our programs, market our brand, our students and their work, and gain recognition throughout the community, we intend to move the project to NGO status. As an NGO, we will seek to open similar training centres in Nairobi and Mombasa Kenyas two major cities. This will best allow us to undertake our greatest goal: To support PWDs at a national level; and to challenge and overcome discrimination and stigma against disability across Kenya. The project will begin in collaboration with local dance company YAWA (Youth Accosted With Arts). YAWA has been in operation since 2009, and provides dance training to disadvantaged youths in the local community. Performing at festivals, on television and undertaking corporate work, YAWA is brand that is well-recognised in the Kenyan dance and entertainment industry. KADO will share teachers, equipment and training space with YAWA, enabling us to draw on the successful projects experience, brand and resources. As a community-based non-profit, we will seek funding through community fundraising and grant-seeking. As the project grows and its brand becomes recognised in the local and national Kenyan community, we intend to seek sponsorships through businesses, individuals, and industry groups, in addition to seeking continued financial support from abroad.

Your profile

Lauren Butler is a 28 year old Australian citizen, who completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a subsequent Postgraduate Certificate in Communications in Australia in 2008. From 2008 she has worked with various non-profit organisations, including the Leukaemia Foundation and St John of God Health Care Group. In 2012 Lauren volunteered on a teaching project in Arusha, Tanzania, through Projects Abroad Tanzania, and has subsequently spent time traveling and living in East Africa. Of my experiences in East Africa, what moved me most greatly was the suffering and abject poverty of the persons with disability I encountered, begging on the streets. Often with little more than a pile of rags in their possession, most suffered cruel physical disabilities, and begged daily for just a few shillings to buy a little food. After returning from East Africa in 2012, I was inspired to do something to make a difference. I wanted to create a project which would directly benefit the lives of persons with disability (PWD), in a meaningful, long-term and sustainable way." Marvine Oketch, a Kenyan citizen, is also a joint-collaborator on this project. He completed a four-year Certificate in Dance and Theatre at Kenya Performing Arts Centre in 2008. Mr Oketch has also received specialised training in mixed ability education through these studies. In 2008/09 he participated in a pioneering arts program through Kenya Performing Arts Group (KPAG). The project, entitled KPAG Mix, involved students with differing disabilities. In 2012 he acted as Dance Trainer/Director of Mixed Ability Dance Team a project run through Dance Team Africa, Tanzania. From 2009 to date, he works as a Dance Teacher and Choreographer at YAWA (Youth Accosted With Arts) in Kisumu. Mr Oketch majors in contemporary and Native African Dance.

Stage of Idea

planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

peace-building , education, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, cultural diversity , other: disability

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July 1, 2014 18:05

Am impresed with this programme. Its an awsome one, all the best dear.