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About S.A.F.E.’s teams

S.A.F.E. employs teams of actors and educators to deliver our performances and education activities, as well as a small core management team. Having three distinct teams connects our work to the communities in which we work as all the performers are from these areas.

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SAFE Pwani (Mombasa)

SAFE Pwani was the first S.A.F.E. team, established in 2002 after Nick Reding travelled to Mombasa to help set up an HIV/ AIDS clinic. Pwani means ‘coast’ and this team work in Coast Province and in S.A.F.E.’s main office in Mombasa. Through a wide repetoire of performances, they reach an audience of approximately 80,000 people each year.

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SAFE Ghetto (Nairobi)

SAFE Ghetto was formed in 2005 through open auditions held in the Nairobi slums. It was the SAFE Ghetto team who featured in S.A.F.E.’s first feature film, Ndoto Za Elibidi (Dreams of Elibidi) that was released in 2010 to international acclaim. SAFE Ghetto tours up to 6 months a year as well as delivering forum theatre in schools and with drama groups.

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SAFE Maa (Loita Hills)

SAFE Maa began in 2007, working with the Maasai community in the Loita Hills. The team uses traditional performances to reach the community of 40,000 each year about HIV/ AIDS, female genital cutting, women’s issues and the environment. Most of the team are young Maasai leaders and their status gives credibility to the work whilst still protecting the integrity of traditional Maasai culture.

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Simbaropa (Musicians)

The Simba Ropa are our team of musicians who perform and tour with both SAFE Ghetto and SAFE Pwani. In addition, they fulfill many of the tasks that are essential to S.A.F.E.’s smooth running, such as maintenance of equipment and security.

 

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SAFE Samburu

SAFE Samburu launched in 2015 and is our newest team. Inspired by the success of SAFE Maa and their use of traditional Maasai culture, SAFE Samburu are using Samburu song to begin education about HIV/AIDS and to start a discussion on abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) abandonment. As they begin their work 100% of girls are being cut in this community. Working out of the Westgate Conservancy on the edge of Samburu National Reserve, they are also to begin work on environmental protection, poaching and overgrazing. Many thanks to The Safari Collection, Save The Elephants. The Egmont Trust, Bottletop and Evan Cornish for their support in launching this program.