World Dance for Humanity is a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that brings together the best of dance and music from around the world to inspire local women while helping people in need—here at home and in distant lands. Our model is unique and impactful: every dollar we raise from classes and donations goes to underserved communities where a small amount of money goes a long way, and where we can develop deep connections to the people we serve.Founded in the spring of 2010, through the years WD4H has supported grassroots projects in Guatemala, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Liberia. In 2013 we turned our focus to RWANDA—a small, East African country still suffering the effects of the 1994 genocide. We inherited the projects begun by Goats for Life, a Santa Barbara-based group that had been working in Rwanda for six years. We are currently helping 9,021 people in 25 rural cooperatives lift themselves out of extreme poverty through donations of livestock, stipends for students, training in agriculture, business, and leadership, and seed money for community-run businesses. Our program is small-scale, personal, and highly effective. We are witnessing an extraordinary transformation in the people we’re working with as they acquire the resources, skills, and confidence they need to move beyond their tortured past, believe in each other, and create a sustainable livelihood together.
WD4H also helps out in our local community, reaching out to wheelchair-bound seniors and disabled adults through music and movement, providing a steady stream of volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club, partnering local at-risk high school students with Rwandan students through a Sister School program, and bringing our spirit and energy to community events that support justice and inclusion.
"Our generous and life-changing sisters, I wish I could be with you right now to express gratitude for the blessings I have because of you. Because of you, I am not growing older but growing younger; you keep me strong all the time. You brought back my hope and happiness. Now I have you as my sisters, and a strong foundation for my children and grandchildren. I meet with you in my heart anytime I think of what you are doing for us. My heart is connected to yours and I can feel it. My life is no longer the same since you started helping us.” – Mary Kanzayire, Twiyubake Co-op
"Making people, feeling they need to own their change, and they are responsible for their change. They are responsible for their transformation."