Culture September 2016

South Africa. Dance changes their life.

From the dusty streets of the townships to dance theatres. The dream of  many girls and boys. It is Saturday and the sun is setting on the shacks of Khayelitsha, a suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town. Sikhumbuzo Haleni is exhausted; he has just got off the bus and is walking home, his legs…

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Tamarindus indica: A Multipurpose Medicinal Plant.

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is an evergreen tropical tree that grows wild mostly in the semi-arid parts of Africa. It belongs to the plant family Fabaceae and subfamily Caesalpinioidae. It is used for various medicinal, culinary, food and ornamental purposes. This plant is indigenous to tropical Africa but has become naturalized in North and South America,…

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Uganda. Between gestures and words.

The greeting gesture has great importance among the Karimojong of Uganda. It has to be performed  with the right hand, which is considered the noble hand,  while wishing in words long life, eternal friendship and wealth. The Karimojong greetings consists of gestures and words. The most common greeting gesture is the handshake. Everyone shakes hands,…

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Philippines. Dancing out poverty

From the slums of Tondo, Manila, this 18-year-old painstakingly earned her place in the international spotlight as a professional and competitive ballerina. In the very early day, in Tondo, the largest slum in Manila located  around one of the largest open-air dumps in the world, the ‘Smokey Mountain’, people are going into the dump in…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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