Did you know that this year’s production, Kirikou et Karaba was directed by an organization called Sunu Thiossane Youth Development Agency?
Sunu Thiossane ( Wolof: Our Roots, Our Heritage) has been operating as an artistic and educational program to serve the youth residing in Senegal since 2012. The organization offers intensive training in the arts and sciences across a variety of disciplines to partnered schools around Dakar and offering free year-round programming to financially disadvantaged children.
This year, Sunu Thiossane has been invited to participate in a pilot 4-H Youth Development Cultural Exchange with Chesterfield County 4-H Program in Virginia, USA from June 17th – June 30th, 2019. 4-H is a U.S.-based network of youth organizations whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.
This summer, Sunu will take 10 underprivileged Senegalese youths to participate in this two-week 4-H program where they will develop skills in community building, leadership, responsibility, and gain culture and diversity appreciation.
“We are fortunate enough to be invited to take part in this exchange. Our accommodations have been sponsored already once we are there. However, we need to raise funds for our flights. Our 10 Senegalese youth have been a part of Sunu Thiossane for several years and exhibit the characteristics that uphold our vision. They have never had the opportunity to travel and this would be an amazing and memorable opportunity, not only for them to implement what they have been learning but, for them to begin to see the world! “
Sunu Thiossane is hosting their 1st annual fundraiser Gala on June 8th at the Ourrouss Galerie in Almadie, Dakar, Senegal. The success of this fundraiser Gala will go towards the Sunu Thiossane's youth and staff airfare tickets.
For more information about Sunu Thiossane
To further support Sunu Thiossane, you can also donate to their gofundme page!