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Your donation will help the school remain open

The Hakuna Matata acrobatics school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, needs your help to stay open during these unprecedented times.

Originally founded by Winston Ruddle, well known as Papa Africa, the director who brought you Cirque Africa and Cirque Mother Africa, the Hakuna Matata Acrobatics School first started as an underground acrobatic school in 2003 and has launched the careers of Africa's top notable acrobatic circus acts.

Papa Africa has personally funded Hakuna Matata Acrobatic School from his own pocket and has trained and given opportunities to more than 1000 African underprivileged children, 70% of whom have gone on to have successful world class acrobatic careers.

However, the current Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have greatly affected show business in a significant way, with all shows around the world being closed and all artiste contracts for 2020 and possibly 2021 cancelled.

The entertainment industry is currently suffering a major economic blow never before seen in our lifetime and given the fact that showbusiness will be among the last to recover from the effects of the pandemic, we kindly need your help to keep the hopes and dreams of these young artistes alive.

So, whether you can donate $1, $5, $10 or $100, we would be more than grateful. Our current shortfall for the year 2020 to mid 2021 is around US$40,000.

This is to cover the following critical monthly running costs. The monthly costs below are calculated in US dollars:

  • Training venue rent - US$400

  • Utility bills - US$120

  • Night security - US$60

  • Allowance for 2 trainers - US$500

  • One meal and drinking water (US$2.50 per day for an average of 50 to 60 people) - US$3000

    All other expenses such as repairs of training equipment, emergencies, daily transport allowances etc., will still be provided by Papa Africa to promote these young and amazing talents to ride the effects of the pandemic without losing hope for their brighter future.

    We hope to raise the above amount, hopefully, by the end of August 2020.

    We thank you in advance hoping to receive your support. From all of us at Hakuna Matata Acrobatics School and Papa Africa.

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