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Our Story

In 2010, Janet Reineck set out to combine her background in anthropology, humanitarian aid, and dance, and started a nonprofit, “World Dance for Humanity.” She turned an ordinary dance class into something extraordinary: a community of people reaching beyond themselves to make a real difference in the world.

Through the years, WD4H has funded grassroots projects in Nepal, Guatemala, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Uganda. Since 2013, we have been focused on Rwanda, where we are helping 14,000 people in 28 rural cooperatives left divided and destitute by the 1994 Genocide. The communities are led by Genocide survivors who formed agricultural cooperatives in an effort to stay alive.

We provide the co-ops with goats and cows, farmland, stipends for students, training in agriculture, business, and leadership, and seed money for community-run businesses. Our model is grounded in collaboration, trust, and transparency. Our six-person Rwanda team works on a very personal level with the co-op members, helping them envision and plan their projects so they can lift themselves out of poverty and own their transformation. Our daily communication with the team and annual visits to the co-ops give us a deep connection with the communities. We have witnessed an extraordinary transformation as these people acquire the resources, skills, and confidence they need to move beyond their tortured past, believe in each other, and create a sustainable livelihood together.

Thanks to an annual grant that covers our modest overhead, 100% of all designated donations go to our work in Rwanda - zero to overhead!

World Dance for Humanity also helps out in our local community:

  • Bringing music and dance to wheelchair-bound seniors

  • Including developmentally disabled adults in our classes

  • Offering free classes to people low-income folks

  • Tutoring children each weekday at the Boys & Girls Club

Our work is innovative and impactful, both in the approach to community-building here at home, and to humanitarian aid halfway around the world.

Learn about our Classes

See photos of our work in Rwanda and our local activities

Meet the Communities we serve

Meet our Rwanda Team


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