Our staff at Ecole de Musique de Kirina just came back from providing emergency resources throughout the community of Kirina, where the situation regarding basic supplies has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the amazing and continuous support of musician Damon Albarn, we've been able to purchase 3 tons of rice, 500kg of sugar, 50 liters of oil, 50 mosquito nets as well as hygiene kits.
For the last 5 years, Damon Albarn has been committed to supporting the village of Kirina. Each year, the staff of the music school meets with the community leader to determine how to use the donated funds to best support the needs of the villagers. Thanks to this support we've been able to create a water distribution network in the village, a garden, provide school supplies as well and emergency supplies.
Thank you Damon for your amazing support to the village of Kirina!
Here is a video that depicts the delivery of the items that were bought this week:
L’Ecole de Musique de Kirina in the rural community of Kirina in southern Mali was founded to use cultural heritage to change the lives of local youth. Many youth engage in the dangerous and even fatal practice of gold mining, and the high school graduation rates as well are very poor. Traditional music, dance, language lessons, and even gardening are offered at the program. It is the only cultural and youth organization in Kirina. L’Ecole reaches up to 200 youth per week.