Ensibuko Arts Foundation is a brain child to KOLOTO SIRAJI. The movement is an indigenous and multicultural non-profit organization whose vesicle life lies in the inspiration to blend the Ugandan ancient traditions with the modern trends. Ensibuko works to shape the future of dance in Uganda by offering quality certified and recognized dance education to individuals that would otherwise lack access. We intend to use dance as a tool to address social issues, narrate stories of the world, empower, rehabilitate and heal communities, EAF was named after a native word: “ “ENSIBUKO” which in English translates to “THE ORIGIN”. EAF aims to lay a foundation for future generations. The movement especially aims to create access to dance and creative arts in a setting where communities would otherwise lack access. Set within underprivileged communities in villages and slums in Uganda, the EAF initiative is a safe space for interaction free of discrimination in regards to age, background, gender, race, or religion. While grounded in local culture, EAF seeks to open youth up to the global aspects of life and to international interaction.
Ensibuko aims to address the disunity within underprivileged Ugandan communities, that is due to misunderstanding between generations, miscommunication within homes, societal sexism, and the challenges that face vulnerable youth, such as discrimination and violence. Our goal is to create peace, mutual respect, and healing between individuals and groups as we facilitate safe spaces of learning and sharing through artistic dance classes, workshops, and performances. EAF is necessary in Uganda, because we are facing obstacles of varying levels of class, education, and communication skills within our communities, yet dance is a traditional aspect of our culture that can be used to reach and connect with all community members regardless of these differences. Dance and allows individuals to lose their inhibitions by sharing in a fun bonding experience with others, leading to moments of vulnerability where community members are more willing to open up about what they have in common, what social issues need to be addressed, and how the future generation can be shaped.
The core of our work is in Jinja, Walukuba. We grew up in the streets of this area, and when your roots are plated in a place, you want to see it grow. What started with a few young people dancing in the rural areas of Uganda, is now grown into a structured dance academy, offering certified courses in dance education. Through new friendships and trust, we have created a society where the young people can express themselves. This expression goes through the dance art. It’s our aim that young people learn the disciplines of these art forms, and that they learn how to use their skills in daily routines, for example through forms of career guidance and personal expression.
But besides all this, the most important thing to us is that the young people feel safe.We create them that non biological family where all are equal. Ensibuko gives these young people an alternative to the streets and a future perspective. ‘Each one help one’; we are a friendly community to relate to and where young people can interact within our community, all in the name of the dance art.
DEFINING WHO WE ARE
To be an iconic organization in elevating the relevance of dance/arts in community development.
To shape the future of dance in Uganda as we increase access to formal and informal dance/arts education
Connect local and international artists through creating residencies and performance platforms.
Create ideological transformation in the mindset of the young people
To promote cultural diversity and contribute to the uplifting of the dance arts industry in Jinja,Uganda and beyond
Increase creative entrepreneurship development and management by Promoting creative arts
To offer quality and certified courses in dance education so as we easily generate employment through performances and private teaching
We aim to use Dance to empower, rehabilitate and heal communities
Fostering Creative Entrepreneurship through counseling and mentorship to the young creatives
Ensibuko aims to extend arts to communities that would otherwise have no access, by creating safe spaces where young people can freely express themselves, learn, showcase, exchange and interact through dance.
To lay a foundation for future generations by providing an intercultural exchange platform for urban and traditional arts so as to create a more sustainable, inclusive, diverse futuristic community of dance artists.
We use creative arts to address social issues.
MEET OUR TEAM
Koloto Siraji is an Ugandan Social Artist; a dance artist, creative facilitator and events organizer. His passion lies in sparking communities to come together and advocate for common causes. Siraji is enthusiastic and he’s the creative mind behind Ensibuko Arts Foundation.
Joshan Joan Tusingwire
Joan is an Ugandan actress, creative writer, motivational speaker, events organiser and manager, project planner and implementer. Joan completed a dual degree in Business Administration and Accounting and Finance Management in which she graduated with first class honors in 2013 at Cavendish University Uganda. She has since then worked with many companies and organizations, artist groups and individuals providing personal accounting and financial services customized to each client’s short term or long term goals as a freelancer. She is the financial manager at Ensibuko Arts Foundation.
Cassie is an American social anthropologist, international developer and social activist. She is a volunteer Doc reviewer and advisor. Cassie graduated with a degree in Social Anthropology and International Development, studies which shaped the way she sees the world. She believes in the inherent value of all types of humans and the cultures they build, and has applied this belief while living for months at a time in Ghana, Japan, Bolivia, Uganda, and Greece. Her cultural studies led her to a passion for social activism, which informed her work on the development team of a community organization for Hispanic immigrants in the US, and as a humanitarian team leader for an international nonprofit. She is the cofounder of Kinfara Travel, an ethical tourism company that connects tourists to community-led, culturally immersive experiences in Uganda. Cassie believes that each individual can harness their various talents and passions to build communities and make the world a better place.
Vizara "Raven" Daniel
Daniel is an Ugandan dancer (teacher and performer) with strengths in break dance and fusion. He’s also into rapping and fashion. Daniel is a very talkative person and an easy communicator. Currently a dance teacher, organizer and volunteer coordinator at Ensibuko Arts Foundation
David M. Wampamba
Is a Ugandan – Kampala based Software developer (mobile/web applications) with over 8 years of experience. He coaches junior coders’ and runs businesses. At Ensibuko Arts foundation, he is a volunteering adviser and website designer.