Djole African Dance and Drum Company

Based in the small community of Union Heights, in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States, Djole is an African dance and drum company that was formed in 1999 as an avenue to get disadvantaged, inner-city youth off the streets and away from drugs and crime. Developed through a project conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina and the City of North Charleston, the non-profit organisation offers West African dance and drumming lessons to youth in this primarily African-American neighbourhood, supplements after-school and educational programming in reading and math and runs a homework help centre, and offers crafts and exercise programmes to senior citizens. The goal of this community-based organisation (CBO) is to use dance and other communication-centred activities to encourage children and youth to take a more positive path in life, and improve their health status.