Dinner parties. First meetings. Awkward encounters. There are countless times in life when you need to break the silence with a classic joke. For many Come, Let’s Dance volunteers, their classic go-to jokes come from one very funny person in particular, fourth grade student Allan Mwanje. Allan aspires to be a comedian when he grows up as well as a pilot, driver, and a doctor. He is a math wiz, the class clown, and one of the most active kids at WCIA. Allan is also from Katanga, one of the largest slums in all of Uganda.
Allan joined WCIA after his mother Margaret became connected to Come, Let’s Dance through one of the Thread of Life Savings Circles. From her involvement in the weekly savings groups, Margaret learned about WCIA and began to take steps to save money for Allan’s tuition. The CLD team began working alongside Margaret and the Child Scholarship Fund allowed for Alan not to only attend school at WCIA, but also to become a boarder in the dormitories.
Allan has attend school at WCIA for nearly five years and through that time the Come, Let's Dance community has become close with his family. Margaret continues to be a very consistent member in her Savings Circle and now holds a leadership role during the weekly meetings. She serves as an example and encouragement to many other women, especially single mothers, living in extreme poverty in the Katanga Slums.
Through Allan and Margaret the Come, Let's Dance team has also become connected to the oldest son in the family, Michael Jackson, better known as“MJ.” MJ, his wife, and children all live in the Katanga Slum near Margaret. MJ’s wife has been active at Thread of Life, enrolling in English and tailoring classes. MJ is incredibly committed to bringing restoration and hope to the slum. He is the founder of Hope for Katanga Kids and strives to empower the children in Katanga through music, dance, education and vocational skills. He also partners with Thread of Life to provide adult learning classes, including weekly English classes.
By committing to partnering with Margaret and her sons, Come, Let's Dance has been able to bear witness to the incredible effects that arise out of empowering leaders. Margret, MJ, and Allan all work to make their communities a better place and bring joy to others wherever they go. Your $45 monthly contributions to the Child Scholarship Fund continue to help Allan attend school at WCIA and serve as investments in the future of this incredible family.