“I believe that the work of BST will reverberate for years to come. It is a true expression of working from the heart together with smarts, and that is why I am proud to be a member of their Board of Directors and lifelong friend.” – Mary Dino
Through direct work with local communities, our programs boost community resilience, address conflict resolution, and foster positive communication as a path to peace and prosperity. Here are some of our achievements:
- Since 2002, brought live theatre for the first time ever to over 130,000 people in Afghanistan.
- Reached 75,000 refugees in 7 refugee camps with uplifting programs during the war in Kosovo.
- Our handwashing show with Thukhuma Khayeethe reached 2,500 Burmese children in rural villages and monastery schools.
- Reached 1,455 people in tent camps in Haiti with our shows, and conducted workshops for over 400 women, children, and youth.
- Our play with Exile Theatre of Kabul, Beyond the Mirror, was the first-ever US-Afghan theatre collaboration, and the first Afghan theatre group to perform in the US.
- After our program at the Gandhi Smriti Center in India, the number of women enrolled in their vocational programs doubled.
- Our Afghan-Indian-US project reached 11,000 people in slums, schools, urban centers, and villages with a show about children’s rights.
- In Afghanistan, we created the first all-women’s theatre troupes in 4 provinces, reaching 4,500 women in isolated areas.
- In Jerusalem, our program had 60 Arabs and Jews working side by side to create street pageants about peace.
- In Serbia, children at the mental hospital in Kuline danced with glee to our music. Doctors reported this was the first time the children had laughed or danced.
- Aided more than 50 NGOs working for peace and social improvement on four continents in the last decade.
A few of our Awards and Honors:
- 1990 MacArthur Award for our innovative cultural programming.
- 5-Star rating on GuideStar, and earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal as a Valued Partner for our commitment to transparency
- 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits
- 2003 Award from the Minister of Culture of Afghanistan for revitalizing the theatre arts.
- 2010 Cultural Envoys to Myanmar through the US Embassy in Yangon
- SNAP Award for community programming in New York City
90% of all our funds go directly to our programs.
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"Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do." – Richard Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago