The words Kaapa-Cheva originate from the Gouro people who live in the West-Central region of the Ivory Coast, in West Africa. This is the ethnic group from which Biboti Ouikahilo, Executive and Artistic Director of Wacheva Cultural Arts, originates.
Kaapa-Cheva means “Let us support each other.”
From the theme of community members supporting each other to strengthen the whole, Wacheva created the Kaapa-Cheva Scholarship Program to help those students and families who love and benefit from Wacheva’s classes, but may not have enough means to participate or continue participation. Were there enough funding available, Wacheva could offer its programs free of charge to those who would benefit and qualify, but the current economic climate is such that we must use the majority of our funding to support maintaining our space, paying the utilities, and keeping the business growing. A possible solution to meeting the need and supporting our youth as well as adult students is in the creation of the Kaapa-Cheva scholarship program and allowing our community another opportunity to support each other.
Through the investment of people like YOU, we can make the dreams of many come true. All contributions are tax deductible and donors will be named on our website for their generous support and loyalty to the Wacheva mission.
How was the scholarship program originally funded?
In 2009, Wacheva received a gift from Café 407 at Ophelia’s Place to seed the Kaapa-Cheeva scholarships.
Who has received Kaapa-Cheeva scholarships?
As of October 2010, Wacheva has awarded 26 total scholarships, 11 to children and 15 to adult students.