Star School Music ProgramKigali, Rwanda
In 2010, Playing For Change Foundation joined LEAF International to help provide drum and dance training to the LEAF Intore Cultural Troupe, a group of young, many of whom grew up on the streets of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. As a result of the 1994 Genocide and the AIDS epidemic, 70% of the Rwandan population is under 30, and countless members of this subgroup are orphans who lack housing and education.
The Intore Culture & Music Program has offered weekly traditional drumming and performance classes to up to 14 young men. These classes help to preserve and perpetuate Rwanda's musical traditions. Through the synergy of music education and cultural immersion, the young men have been able to develop self-esteem, discipline, performance skills and community connection in a nurturing and creative environment.
"The music has changed us. We now feel proud and have hope. Through music and performance, we are example students to the rest of our community and our country" - LEAF Intore Cultural Troupe program participants.
In 2012, we expanded the program and partnered with Star School, a primary and secondary school located just outside of Kigali. We provided the students with a series of workshops, led by members of the LEAF Intore Troupe. The Playing For Change Foundation purchased instruments for the school and funded teacher stipends for ten drum and dance workshops held over the course of the year. These workshops introduced the power of music to a new group of young people while offering them a connection to their country's rich cultural traditions. In addition, the workshops provided valuable teaching experience to the Intore Troupe members who led the sessions.
In 2013 we will continue music education at Star School, thanks to the generous support and ongoing fundraising efforts of Ejo Heza, a Canada-based organization committed to helping Rwandan youth gain access to better opportunities through music and sports. Together we will offer opportunities for music instruction, dance, and soccer to the thriving community at Star School, which now serves more than 700 children.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Djembe (Hand Drum)
Locally made instrument benefiting a child and village craftsman.
One Month’s Salary
Provides one month’s salary for a music teacher in Nepal.
New Music and Sports Program in Kigali, Rwandaby François Viguié
The Playing For Change Foundation is establishing a new music program in Masaka, a village located 15km from capital, Kigali. For the first time, a PFCF program will officially include sports as one of the disciplines. Emmanuel, our young soccer teacher explains that sport is an ideal complement for the education of the kids. This new program will take place at Star School, a primary and secondary school founded a few years ago by Bishop Nathan Amooti in order to provide education to underprivileged children.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
The Star school is a primary and secondary school that provides education for more than 600 children. Nearly 200 of them stay at the school the all week. It is located in the village of Masaka, 10 miles East of Kigali.