[vc_row curly_padding=”content-padding” css=”.vc_custom_1566591192982{padding-bottom: 3% !important;padding-left: 3% !important;}”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Who we are” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:34px|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Dream Catchers Academy for Girls is a subsidiary of The Dream Nurture Foundation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Dream Catchers Academy for Girls (The Happy Kids) is a non-profit Academy offering educational opportunities, leadership skills and a better life for street and underprivileged girls – through dance, drama, music and visual arts.

The majority of children on this team have suffered loss, lived on the street and begged to feed – yet they exude so much charm, joy and positivity when they dance and sing. The girls in the Dream Catchers Academy For Girls are susceptible to risk and have chosen dance and similar art forms as a means of survival to change their lives. Currently, the Dream Catchers kids all live together as one big family.

To sustain and survive, we depend on donations from you, our family and friends. We also depend on money made from The Dream Catchers dance performances, monies made from streaming/buying their music on music platforms. Every donation or dollar made from our dance performances goes into the provision of shelter, food, clean drinking water, clothing, education and proper healthcare for the kids.

We are making a change through innovative education.

The children on this team work towards becoming great individuals in the society. Our vision is for every girl to have access to good education and have a chance at a tertiary/University education. Our hope is for the girls to attain this height of success through hard work and dedication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2517″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1580148732658{padding-top: 0px !important;background-color: #eaeaea !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Our Mission” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:34px|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Shaping a desirable future by building disadvantaged and orphaned girls into solution providers and world leaders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Our Vision” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:34px|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Create a future and purposeful life for orphaned and underserved girls through performing and creative Arts and Leadership skills.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” content_placement=”middle” curly_padding=”content-padding” css=”.vc_custom_1579852703517{background-color: #45045b !important;}” el_id=”founder-speech”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3015″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”cst-txt”]

Founder’s speech:

UNICEF reports that one in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. About 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education.

Growing up in the slums of Lagos opened me up to the peculiar challenges that children in the slums undergo. So, I created this platform to help street kids by providing them with shelter, food, clothing; empowering them through dance, music and drama and most importantly, Education.

Taking these children off the streets, encouraging formal education and providing an education for them in the form of dance, drama and music has become my life goal. The fire is there just as it was at age 14, when I started my first dance group – Victorious Dancers – to take kids, some of which were my mates, others a year older, out of the streets and back to school.

Several years later, through the help of The Dream Nurture Foundation we have been able to get thousands of indigent kids back to school and empower them through the art of music, drama and dance.

In this vein, we have aligned with both Goals 4 and 5 of the SDG Goals and stand committed to creating a world where quality education, equal rights and gender equality is obtainable.

Finally, I must thank our benefactors and sponsors who have invested heavily in the future of these kids. I also ask that you reading this, donate to our cause and contribute in making the world a better place.

 

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Mary Ellen Lough

Mary Ellen Lough is a community organizer, writer, and poetry therapist living outside of Asheville, NC. She has a BA from UNC-Asheville in Poetry and Public Health, trained for two years with the Institute of Poetic Medicine, and teaches poetry to veterans with trauma through the Asheville and NC Arts Councils. She has worked with non-profits in Philadelphia, London, India, and most recently Dream Nurture in Nigeria while raising five children and advocating for the arts and the underserved. Mary Ellen believes in the healing capacity of the imagination, and the arts as a way to affirm the dignity and worth of each person. She has been awarded numerous grants, awards, and scholarships for her work in Poetry and Community Health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3514″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1566591041769{padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”What we Stand for” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:34px|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

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Support these kids with your money and put a smile and some clothes on the kids.

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