"EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD" 

 

          - NELSON MANDELLA 

WITH A FIRM COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP, ZANZA IS BOTH A PARTICIPANT IN INTERNATIONAL PHILANTHROPY AND THE FOUNDER OF A NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMPANY. HER MULTI-NATIONAL UPBRINGING AND BELIEF IN THE POWER OF THE ARTS TO CHANGE LIVES GIVE HER THE UNIQUE ABILITY TO CONNECT AND INSPIRE THOSE AROUND HER WHILE MOTIVATING THEM TO TANGIBLE GOODWILL.  

 

IN NAIROBI, KENYA, ZANZA PARTNERED WITH, AND JOINED THE EFFORTS OF AWARENESS THROUGH DANCE, MOVEMENT FOR HOPE AND THE AFRICAN NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE FOUNDATION TO SPREAD AWARENESS AND AID FOR INDIVIDUALS SFFERING FROM A VARIETY OF NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. WITH SENSITIVITY TO CULTURAL STIGMAS CONCERNING INDIVIDUALS WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, OPEN DIALOGUE WAS FAICILITATED AT THE SCHOOLS, ORPHANAGES AND SLUMS RECIEVEING AID. ESSENTIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES WERE ALSO DONATED AND DELIVERED TO KIBERA CLINIC, ONE OF ONLY THREE CLINICS IN THE REGION SPECIALIZING IN NEURO PATIENT CARE. THE AID PROVIDED ALLOWS THE CLINIC TO CONTINUE ITS CRITICAL MEDICAL SUPPORT, ADVICE AND CARE FOR PATIENTS. 

 

THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH GIVING AFRICA, AN ORGANIZATION COMMITED TO IMPLEMENTING EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN POVERTY STRICKEN AREAS, ZANZA TRAVELLED TO TANZANIA TO SUMMIT MT, KILIMANJARO, THE WORLD'S HIGHEST FREE STANDING MOUNTAIN, ALONGSIDE A TEAM OF 20.  THIS SYMBOLIC CLIMB INSPIRED SUPPORTERS AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS IN THE UK AND USA

THROUGH THE TEAMS FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, THE BETHEL SCHOOL IN BURKINA FASO WAS BUILT.  

 

WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF HER COMPANY, ALMA NYC, ZANZA FOUNDED THE “GIFT” INITIATIVE IN NEW YORK CITY. THIS PROGRAM INVITES ESTEEMED PROFESSIONALS TO TEACH MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS FROM WHICH ALL PROCEEDS CONTRIBUTE TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE BETHEL SCHOOL. WITH THE HELP OF BROADWAY DANCE CENTER, ZANZA LEVERAGES HER OWN ARTISTIC INFLUENCE THROUGH 'GIVE' CLASSES UNDER THE SAME MODEL. THE SUCCESS OF 'GIVE' AND 'GIFT' HAVE GROWN TO FULLY SUPPORT TWO YOUNG WOMEN, AGNES AND MARIAM. THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS INCLUDE ALL SCHOOL EXPENSES, PEDIATRIC CARE AND ONE MEAL A DAY.  IN COMING YEARS, IT IS A GOAL OF ALMA NYC TO ADD TO THE NUMBER OF YOUNG WOMEN RECIEVING SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE BETHEL SCHOOL AS BOTH ORGANIZATIONS SEEK TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN AS A WIDELY DISENFRANCHISED GROUP IN BURKINA FASO.

 

HERE AT HOME, ZANZA VOLUNTEERS ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR NUMEROUS NYC CHARITIES. WITH ASTEP (ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY) SHE TEACHES ARTS PROGRAMMING TO UNDESERVED YOUTH AS A MEMBER OF THEIR ASTEP ONSTAGE! PROGRAM. ZANZA ALSO ORGANIZES LARGE VOLUNTEER GROUPS FOR THE PAJAMA PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES WARM PAJAMAS AND BOOKS TO CHILDREN FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS AS WELL AS ACCESS THEIR LITERACY PROGRAMS.  

 

ZANZA IS EXCITED FOR HER PROGRAMMING TO GROW AND IS ALWAYS INSPIRED TO DISCOVER WHAT LIES IN STORE NEXT THROUGH ACTS OF SERVICE. 

 

KILIMANJARO SUMMIT

4TH JULY 2013