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Dance for Africa
Join supporters of Gua Africa on Saturday 10th November for a traditional Scottish Céilidh (pronounced kay-lee), which will raise funds for an international cause.
There will be dancing to music from ceilidh band 'Lords O' The Dance', food and a bar. And while you're flinging your partner around to the strains of Strip the Willow, or joining hands for the Dashing White Sergeant, you'll also be contributing to the education of children and young people in South Sudan.
Image of people Scottish Country dancing. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Many of the children in this region have been affected greatly by war, and they have been denied the opportunity of education. The charity was founded by Emmanuel Jal, himself a South Sudanese ex-child soldier who is now a world renowned recording artist.
The charity's mission is to work with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of war & poverty. Projects are based in both Sudan and Kenya and focus on providing education to children & young adults who would otherwise be denied this opportunity.
South Sudan became independent in 2011 after nearly fifty years of civil war. Many of the young people supported by Gua Africa left home and their parents to escape death or being recruited into the army. Most spent over 10 years alone in a UN refugee camp, without their parents and surviving on one meal a day.
This fundraiser is trying to raise funds to help two particular students , Ben Matiek Kher and Peter Tab Gatdiet.
An image of Peter Tab Gadtiet, one of the students who Gua Africa sponsors, and who will benefit from the fund-raising night.
Ben was separated from his parents when his village was attacked and spent 10 years in a refugee camp . He has struggled to get an education even though he suffered from chronic typhoid for many years . He is now cleared of typhoid and is showing great leadership skills on his business diploma course . He also voluntarily coaches a South Sudanese football team , comprising of very poor young refugees .
Peter was a child soldier from the age of 8 and saw active service as a child . He also spent many years struggling to get an education. His great desire is to be a lawyer, as he wants to help protect the rights of ordinary people in his newly independent country . He has now enrolled at university and has started studying law . He desperately needs sponsors to help him achieve his goal.
So, get your dancing shoes on and help the children and young people of South Sudan develop a better future for themselves and their families.
Tickets can be purchased from Galerie Mirages at The Lane, 46a Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH1 1SL.