Imagine if you were a young music student and had the opportunity to perform for one of the most famous musical groups in your country. For the children of the Mitrata Home, where founder Nanda Kulu has saved the lives of literally hundreds of children who had nowhere to go, performing for members of Sur Sudha was a dream come true and a moment to shine in ways they never could have imagined.
A source of tremendous joy and inspiration for the children is their music program. Teachers and mentors encourage learning and freedom of expression.They learn traditional music and dance every week. They are instilled with a sense of belonging and supported into becoming healthy, economically independent, educated adults who have the opportunity to live happy, meaningful lives.
In Tintale Village in rural Nepal, we have been privileged to partner with the Aura Imports Sponsorship Project, which began by building a school there in 2009. With your help, we brought music education to the school.
This past year, generous support generated through the PFC Foundation enabled us to add two new rooms to the school to expand the music program and create a cyber-café.
Through ongoing partnerships the village now has solar power, computers and regular connection to the internet for the first time. Last year, volunteer partners also provided vital medical support to the community.
Together, we are building a dream with the people of Tintale Village.
Help us keep the dream alive. Donate now at http://bit.ly/DonateTintale
Produced by William Aura for the Playing For Change Foundation
Twenty years ago, Rwandan musician Jean Paul Samputu was one of the few members of his immediate family who was not killed during the genocide. Here, he speaks with us about his journey to survive, to forgive and to begin again. Music was critical to him finding his way.
Since 2009, the Playing For Change has been working in Rwanda to create positive change through music education. During the creation of our new program in Rwanda in 2013, Jean Paul helped connect us with musicians and teachers in the area, and also visited our music students.
Through our work with the Star School Music and Sports Program located outside the capital city of Kigali, the next generation of Rwandans are learning music and the lessons of inspiration, resilience and joy that it provides.
Get the whole story. MUSIC CAN STOP THE WAR playing now at vimeo.com/pfcfoundation/musiccanstopthewar
We are pleased to present this short documentary film, which offers a glimpse into life in Katari and gives the students an opportunity to reveal to us their innermost feelings about the impact of music in their lives.