In 2010, Uganda’s internationally re-known artist Herbert Kinobe (aka Kinobe) walked into M-LISADA children’s home and was warmly welcomed with love and smiles from the children living there, many of whom were ages 4-8. The home was filled with sounds of brass band music, cultural drumming and there were young acrobats practicing their drills. However, something that Kinobe observed; the youngest kids did not participate in any of these activities and were all on the sidelines watching but showing strong interest.
A candid conversation between Kinobe and the founder of M-LISADA children’s home Bosco Segawa took place and they talked about life, art, community, responsibility, children, the future etc. Kinobe proposed to find ways through which these vulnerable children could bring their arts and life stories to global audiences, a platform that would help improve their self-esteem and talents, while raising funds for education.
Kinobe had already worked on a similar program for 2 years with Heartbeat Children, another grassroots organisation in Uganda but, after learning about the life of Bosco Segawa and M-LISADA, he immediately wanted to build a partnership. An agreement was reached to merge the arts activities of Heartbeat Children and M-LISADA and a year later the DANCE OF HOPE program was launched. Many children enrolled into learning traditional songs, instruments and dances and within a short time, Dance of Hope had become well known in the country, receiving invitations to perform on many occasions.