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Power forward: Spirit of Uganda dance troupe

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 5:38 pm, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

The young people with Spirit of Uganda, a dance troupe performing at the Greer Garson Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 15, put on a razzle-dazzle show of mostly traditional music from their African homeland. All proceeds benefit Empower African Children, a nonprofit that works to provide scholarships for impoverished Ugandan children and that produces Spirit of Uganda. EAC was founded in 2006 by Alexis Hefley and Donna Malouf.

“Empower African Children is eight years old, but I’ve been working in Uganda 21 years,” said Hefley, president of the organization, which is headquartered in Dallas and in Kampala, Uganda. “After a time working in banking in San Antonio, I moved to Washington, D.C., and I learned about the number of orphans in Uganda — there are 2.7 million orphans there today — from a congressman who was working with Third World countries.”

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