Allason Leitz (Class of 2010), Yole! Africa

Waldorf Alumna Helping Organize the 6th annual Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF) in Goma, Congo
 
SFWS alumna Allason Leitz is currently in the Congo helping to organize the 6th Annual SKIFF, an incredibly successful film festival run by Yole! Africa.  Yole! Africa, founded in 2000 by internationally acclaimed filmmaker and human rights activist Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, provides artistic opportunities in music, cinema, dance and theatre to the youth of Goma who would otherwise not have access to artistic training. Every year SKIFF has grown, with over 13,000 people attending the festival in 2010.  This year the festival takes place October 21-30. Along with overseeing many different teams to make sure the festival runs smoothly, Allason is charged with contacting international filmmakers about screening their films and organizing transportation of international artists. 
 
"Working for Yole! Africa has been a wonderful experience for many reasons, but mainly because Yole! Africa has found a way to truly give the youth of Goma what they need," said Allason. "Throughout High School my dream was to work at a place where I could help create artistic opportunities for youth who would not otherwise have the chance. Working with Petna Ndaliko and Cherie Rivers Ndaliko (a waldorf grad and Harvard Ph.D. candidate), was a way to realize my dream."
 
As Yole!Africa is a local non-profit organization it runs largely off contributions and partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations therefore if you are inspired to make a contribution, any donations to this truly fantastic organization are greatly appreciated and every dollar you give will be put to good use.
 
For more information please contact Allason Leitz at Allason.leitz@gmail.com or Ganza Buroko at contact@yoleafrica.org, or visit her blog at http://allasonafrica11.blogspot.com .

Picture description: Allason Leitz, with Stella Ramazani and Makena Kibiti.