Enjoy this clip of the short film, “Yes, Man!” by Bret Syfert – launching online on Friday 30 March – which documents the tale of legendary London breaker Pervez who travels to Rwanda to share hope, life and hip hop culture at a centre for former street children.
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Boxers, briefs, sports gear, games …
Please give Xmas presents to the boys of the wonderful Les Enfants de Dieu, a centre for street boys in Rwanda, by purchasing one of the following items.
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All purchases will be shipped to Vermont where they will be packed in suitcases and brought to Rwanda by volunteers/visitors to the centre. Thank you!!!
The new expanded Live 2 Break crew!
Such a beautiful post by Claire Morrow, a volunteer teacher at Les Enfants de Dieu, about our hip hop project with the centre, that I’ve pasted the whole text below (or you can read it on Claire’s blog):
“Happiness. Joy. Hope. Those are the words I would use to sum up the last 10 days at Les Enfants de Dieu.
If there is one thing my boys love more than anything else in the world it is to dance. Sun up to sun down they will dance. As soon as they get the chance the boom box is rocking and they are grouped together in synchronized routines. Many an afternoon, I have spent twirling in circles, shuffling from side to side, and getting down with the boys in our dining room as the music cracked in and out on the sketchy stereo. So much joy has come to the center through dance, a language and an understanding that needs no words.
So of course if they had one wish it would be to have real dance teachers, not just the pirated music videos they watch to perfect their skills. Thank god for Catalyst Rwanda and the Live 2 Break Crew who came and spent the last ten days teaching the boys to pop, lock and drop it.
As I watched the boys transform into break dancers this last week I felt so happy. Their smiles never faded and their eyes lit up every time Pervez (the break master) tied his bandanna on and showed them a new move. Each time Kate or Bret (the rest of the crew) slowed down to help a boy until he got it, I saw that glint of pride radiate from his soul. This week the boys saw that they mattered. The Live 2 Break crew had come all the way from London just for them because they are just as important as any other child. They will never forget those ten days, they will treasure them forever– just as I will cherish the moments I got to sit and watch them smile as they spun in circles and hopped back in forth.
There are not enough thank yous in the world but it’s all I have; so thank you Pervez, Kate, Bret and Nicola for making my boys know how special they really are!”
Claire & Elaine invent "pairs breaking"
The team’s visit to Kigali has given the former street children at Les Enfants de Dieu the basic breaking moves and resources – music and films – to enable them to continue to develop their skills.
We now need to raise more funds, firstly to enable regular training sessions for the boys until our return, and secondly to enable the team to return in 2012.
Until we go back, the boys will work with the more experienced Rwandan breakers, whom Pervez trained at Ishyo Arts Centre. Funds will cover the experienced dancers’ travel to the centre each fortnight to work with all the boys, and for a group of the more skilled boys to travel to Ishyo Arts Centre for more intensive training. There will be incentives for the boys to continue to improve their breaking in the form of a monthly breaking competition at the centre, judged by the boys themselves.
The centre itself is also struggling to find enough funds to continue its truly amazing work rehabilitating and reintegrating these young people in 2012.
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So, yesterday we had a big jam session and hip hop party. All the boys of Les Enfants de Dieu and the dancers we have worked with at Ishyo came together at Les Enfants to break. Then we had a display of traditional Rwandan dance and drumming by the Les Enfants traditional group. And then the party continued with breaking until dark …
Today we said goodbye to the boys. It was very sad for all of us, Catalyst Rwanda team and boys. We have really bonded with these amazing children and young people. Lots of hugs and photos. But as Rafiki (the project manager at Les Enfants) says: it’s ok to say goodbye, because one goodbye means another hello. And we will return.
Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to achieve this dream.