Programmes

SMILES FOR CHANGE

Smiles for Change formerly known as Sarakasi Trust Hospital Project was initiated in 2006 as a special project under Sarakasi’s wings. A tailor made edutainment program, bringing art and laughter to vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances.

Our team comprising of 1 administrative staff member and 4artists visit various locations within Nairobi, and the Rift Valley. We reach out to children and youths who are hospitalized or undergoing rehabilitation as well as children with special needs.

 

We love what we do, bring laughter to children who are admitted in hospital for a Long period of time and are far away from their parents, relatives and friends. These results can be achieved by simply blowing a bubble for a child that is crying, creating awareness on hygiene through puppetry, sitting at the bedside and reading a story to a very sick child, dancing with the mums of hospitalized children at ward or letting a doctor play guitar.

 

Current locations we visit are: Kenyatta National Hospital, Comprehensive Care Clinic, a day care center for special needs children and community awareness.

 

See our Hospital project gallery

 

For more information: ferny@sarakasi.co.ke; kevin@sarakasi.co.ke

 

Visit the Sarakasi Smiles For Change Facebook page

 

 

Talanta Na Kazi

Talanta na Kazi uses the Arts to Promote Jobs, Social Entrepreneurship in Mombasa and Kilifi Counties.

 

The project has been designed to make a wide spread positive impact among youth, both male and female, in the vulnerable region of the coast of Kenya and will do so by sustainably using the arts, key trainings, mentorship as well as community service and volunteerism.

 

The ultimate goal of the program is to empower at least 500 youth so that they become eligible for real jobs so that their lives are transformed, creating an ongoing positive cycle that results in other generations’ enhanced lives and discourages them from falling into destructive or otherwise negative behavior.

 

In addition, we will build their leadership skills and otherwise empower them with knowledge that will build their character into responsible citizens and empowered youth.

 

Lastly, by being enrolled in this activity, the youth will have an opportunity to network amongst one another, while learning on the job.

 

This is how 500 talented youth, 250 in Kilifi and 250 in Mombasa have been enrolled in our training program for the period of one year. This entails trainings, mentorships and workshops one week each month and peer to peer trainings once every two weeks.

 

The overall Goal is to use the arts as a means for economic empowerment to secure jobs, promote social entrepreneurship in established creative hubs in Mombasa and Kilifi Counties; to connect them with mentors and trainers that can give them ongoing support and training, and empower them with knowledge through relevant business and marketing training.

 

The ultimate outcome of this project is to connect them to available and sustainable jobs at the end of the project period.

 

 

 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The organization not only stands for training and capacity building (and related programs and activities) in the performing arts. It also has become a social entrepreneur by creating marketable products and programs that, through income, better the lives of its participants and the trust (revenues flow back into activities). Furthermore the Trusts activities have an impact on the society at large: directly through certain activities that target the society and also indirectly by empowering and educating its participants and other affiliates to becomeindependent and responsible citizens. Lastly, the organization operates in a transparent manner with solid structures and policies and as such sets an example (and has been an incubator) to like minded activities and organizations.

This way, te organization facilitates performance opportunities for hundreds of performers in its Performance contracts program which provides vital income for the artists as well as exposure to a broader world view.

Sarakasi has a pool of more than 100 professional artists-dancers and acrobats managed by the trust, they have travelled across the world to places like China, USA, Norway, Netherlands ,Italy, UK among others and are well known nationally and regionally. You can book them through the office. Through Sarakasi’s artist managing agency, a group of roughly 75 young artists is covered.

 Our social entrepreneurship activities include:

  • dancers and acrobats
  • choreographies as per client’s creative brief;
  • personal training in dance and acrobatics either at the Dome or elsewhere;
  • hires out spaces (i.e. rooftop cocktail venue, foyer café venue, the hall for concerts, workshops and other events);
  • Sarakasi negotiates international gigs for dancers, acrobats and even musicians;
  • assists performing artists with their legal paperwork;
  • partners and incubates new and related activities;
  • partners with third parties for events


 

TRAINING & CAPACITY BUILDING

From Inception, Sarakasi has built a solid platform for developing East Africa’s natural performing talents into a world-class school for the performing arts. From its base at Sarakasi Dome in Nairobi, the Trust runs daily training programs for over 60 dancers and 30 acrobats. The dancers cover a range of disciplines that include traditional dance, African contemporary, salsa, hip hop, street dance, jazz, and other modern contemporary dance, modern traditional dances, bollywood , among  others.. Our acrobats are specialized in human pyramids, somersaults, balancing acts, hoops, limbo, fire acts, tight rope, pole/ pagan, clowning, aerial hoops, aerial silks, short trapeze and much more.

For more information on training, exchanges and performances, please contact the Sarakasi Trust or pass by at the Sarakasi Dome and ask for creative office department.

Our choreographers can customize shows for your events and functions.