Save the Children Philippines is honoring Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja Elizalde for dedicating her world-class talent to provide support to children’s right to learn amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In celebration of her birthday last October 3, Macuja-Elizalde conducted an online floor barre class and donated the proceeds to Save the Children Philippines’ Project ARAL (Access to Resources for Alternative Learning) which aims to help children from low-income families and those with disabilities to have access to alternative learning platforms.
Ballet and fitness enthusiasts participated, donated, and provided support in raising awareness to continue children’s learning needs during the pandemic.
The child rights organization gave the distinction to Macuja-Elizalde to mark the World Ballet Day, being celebrated every 29th of October. World Ballet Day is an annual global celebration bringing the dance community together through different activities to showcase their work.
“Artists and celebrities have important roles in amplifying our advocacy message to promote children’s rights, and through their dedication and tireless work, we are able to help more deprived and marginalized children fulfil their potential,” said Naida Pasion, Chief Business Development Officer of Save the Children Philippines.
Macuja-Elizalde, the Directress of Ballet Manila School, established Project Ballet Futures – a program providing support to promising young boys and girls by giving them free ballet training, apparel, meals and allowances to help them reach their dream of becoming professional dancers.