Dance can changes lives. This is the philosophy of volunteer Amrei Krings. One-and-a-half years ago, she started planning a dance workshop to empower sex workers in Kenya and founded the organization Maua in order to realize her idea.
This summer, her dream became a reality. While the dance workshop was a success, the project wasn’t easy for Amrei, who had to learn some tough lessons about trust and cultural differences.
Listen to the report by Falk Steinborn in Naivasha, Kenya:
Changing lives through dance in Kenya
Visit Amrei’s organization, Maua, on Facebook.
Amrei Krings was responsible for everything behind the scenes, so didn’t have much time left to dance herself (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
Dance instructor Charles practices with the women and a group of young men that came twice to help out. On Fridays the workshop was open to everybody in Naivasha in order to integrate the sex workers into the community of the villagers. (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
Amrei has some stress with the partner organization on location (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
The dancers are getting prepared for the final show (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
Amrei’s aim was to give the women a new sense of themselves (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
After the workshop in the morning, Amrei leads a meeting in the afternoon in order to prepare the final show (Photo: Falk Steinborn)
Dance teacher Benedetta Reuter gives some instructions to the women to make bigger and braver movements (Photo: Falk Steinborn)