Misty Copeland Launches Girl Empowerment Group in Rwanda | Karrueche Visits Nigerian Orphanage

It’s Woman Crush Wednesday and we’ve got a double header for you.

Remember when Bey told us girls run the world? Well, she wasn’t lying because Misty and Karrueche’s efforts prove they do. The beyond the borders beauties took on Africa in the name of worthy causes.

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Misty Copeland just wrapped an eight day (Nov. 12-19) journey to Rwanda. The first Black principal dancer of ABT was in the East African nation to show children “how to use dance as a tool to transition street children into education.”

As the cultural ambassador to MindLeaps, an org dedicated to helping “street children develop their mental skills through a specific dance pedagogy,”she shared her testimony. And became so inspired by theirs she launched a MindLeap Girls Program, which offers dance classes, counseling, vocational training to out-of-school girls.

Not leaving the boys out. Misty visited where two MindLeap boys live.

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And showed 60 Rwandan boys some new dance moves.

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Misty topped off the inspiring trip by choosing a recipient for her scholarship. ***Drumroll*** It’s Ali Sibomana. He’s shown so much promise through MindLeap he’ll move on to a local boarding school.

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See how far a pirouette can take you kiddies?

Karrueche’s big heart took her all the way to West Africa. Nigeria to be specfic.

Chris Brown’s ex visited Hope for Survival orphanage in Abuja and received a warm welcome.

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The model/actress also visited a refugee camp that housed the #bringbackourgirls when some were rescued. Karrueche heard the mothers stories and witnessed their living conditions. A humbling experience she won’t soon forget.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit an IDP camp in Abuja where many of the #bringbackourgirlscame to. I remember seeing the#bringbackourgirls movement on social media but seeing it in person was a much different experience. I was able to listen to this mothers story of her journey from Northern Nigeria. It was very heartbreaking to hear and to see their living conditions. She said when it rains they have no choice but to stand and there is little to no work for her husband. I told her I admire her for her strength and I will pray for her and her family everyday. This was a very humbling experience for me-I cried at the thought of ever complaining about anything in life. It is unfortunate but I know God will protect them. We can not save the world but we can take small steps to help

Thanks Misty and Karrueche for giving us a glimpse into two underreported and overlooked countries. And lending much needed hand.

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