the smile project

What we do

Over a three-week period we will offer a Theatre Experience School in Livingstone / Zambia for about 40 vulnerable children and young adults, giving workshops in dance, music and theatre. With professional support of theatre facilitators and musicians they will be dealing with social and philosophical questions about happiness and thereby start to set their creativity free

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Why does it pay off?

Because of the bad social and economic conditions, only 50 percent of the
children in Livingstone get the chance for education. Moreover, many of the children lost one or both parents due to the high HIV/ aids-rate. Therefore, they have to disclaim on parental care, live in children homes or on the street. In many cases the distress of the children drives them into criminal activities, drug abuse and early pregnancy.

Our goals

Our partner Barefeet Theatre

Barefeet Theater is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses play, creativity, and empowerment to give vulnerable children in Zambia a chance at a better life. Barefeet was founded by former street children as a response to the plight of young people living on Zambia streets. Through the power of performance, educational workshops, and more, we develop vulnerable youth into physically healthy, cognitively, and socially competent young people.

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The Team


Krysztina Winkel studied dramatics and education at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. Meanwhile she passed an advanced training during 2012-2014 in order to become facilitator for theatre and worked for a variety of pedacogical and cultural institutions as a freelancer, for example the Ruhr-University and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 2013 Krysztina worked for the education-authority in order to develope programmes for cultural education in Duisburg. 2014 she organized the theatre projects for children at the playhouse Essen. Since summer 2014 Krysztina has a permanent job at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf / Duisburg as a facilitator for movement and theatre. There she interferes opera and ballet to children and young adults in kindergarden, schools and universities. In the past year Krysztina took part on different advanced trainings in inclusive dance for children with disabilities and refugees, among others in Vienna (Austria) and Lyon (France).


Jacob Mundia Makono studied Social Work with the University of Zambia. Since he entered university he is a facilitator for Barefeet Theatre and provides theatre related to topics such as drugs, early pregnancy and HIV to children and young adults. In 2016 he was spearheading a project which was supposed by the EU focus on policy engagement and active citizenship. Moreover he worked for the NGO Environment Africa as an assistant field officer and was involved in projects that focused on strengthening community participation, environmental management and protection as well as advocacy on children rights.