“Simunye (We Are One)” is at the heart of Zip Zap, an organisation with a vision of bringing a nation together, starting with its children. Simunye is a social circus project aimed to bring youth from different backgrounds together with the goal of learning new skills, working with one another to make friends and put on a great show. “Zip Zap has grown and matured into a fully fledged social circus over the years,” says Zip Zap Circus School co-founder Laurence Estève, “not simply as a place to learn performance skills but also as a tool for individual and community development, as well as social transformation.”The organisation embraces the spirit of ubuntu, which means “I am what I am because of who we all are”, and aims to inspire young people and help build a culture of peaceful coexistence.“Our children come from different backgrounds; some are less privileged than others,” Estève explains. “They collaborate together as circus brothers and sisters and work towards a common goal of performing their hearts out.” Zip Zap’s transformative projects reach over 1500 children a year and are free of charge. Its sponsorship initiative helps change a child’s life. “Becoming a sponsor means that you become a part of a venture to reach a dream” says Tania Majavie, Zip Zap’s sustainability manager.Participants develop valuable social skills by being involved in tasks that require teamwork, developing shows, going on tour, organising social outings and responding to social issues and challenges that arise. “Sponsors are actively involved in the development and transformation of their beneficiaries and are kept updated on their personal and professional development,” explains Estève. “There is an open invitation to all the donors to visit the dome any time, any day to experience the Zip Zap magic first-hand.” Donors also receive tickets and backstage passes for Zip Zap’s show to see their sponsored child shine. V For more information about Zip Zap’s simunye programme visit www.zip-zap.co.za. To find out more about becoming a sponsor, contact Tania Majavie on 021 421 8623 or email@example.com.