Kumari Middleton

Former professional dancer, Kumari dreamt of a place where youth come together to share stories and learn about cultural awareness, prevention of substance abuse, sex education and more, while enjoying themselves through the experience of performing arts. Turning this dream into a reality, she now runs Mayibuye, a community dance and life skills program which she co-founded to keep young people off the streets and engaged with life. Active in both Australia and South Africa, the program fundraises with dance and theatre performances, allowing the students to present educational messages on topics including the danger of drugs, the importance of speaking out about violence and abuse, and ways in which to overcome crime and poverty.

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