Barefeet Theatre is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses play, creativity and empowerment to give vulnerable children in Zambia a chance at a better life. Barefeet was founded by former street children as a response to the plight of young people living on Zambia’s streets. Through the power of performance, educational workshops, and more, Barefeet helps educate and develop vulnerable youth into physical healthy, cognitively and socially competent young people.
Established in 2006, Barefeet is about people. It’s about children. It’s about art. Barefeet is about change, about fun, about achieving transformation through mischief, hard work, but always laughter and a smile. It is about information and education. It is about hoe, aspiration and reaching for more.
Barefeet has 5 ‘toes’- programme areas- which help inspire the most vulnerable youth to make positive life choices and to a safe and healthy environment. To achieve this Barefeet uses a multidimensional approach: through 1) theatre, 2) performance, 3) psychosocial support,4) creativity, and 5) self-expression Barefeet works to address the needs of children they work with.
Barefeet delivers life-saving information and inspiration to the kids who need it the most through their outreach programmes with children living on the street, the interactive theatre workshops with 2,000 children in 40 communities in Zambia, and on the national stage the annual Barefeet Youth Arts Festival. Additionally, children advocate for change for their fellow youth through the Barefeet Children Council, comprised of elected representatives from the partner children centres.