We use music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.
MwB Community Music Leaders in Rwanda have returned to the studio to record "Ubumuntu", a song that speaks of their commitment to music as a resource for change and community. Ubumuntu is a compassionate way of living together, in which the well-being of every person is connected. It asks all people to have empathy and to feel the human needs of others.
In Rwanda, the word "Humura" is said as a compassionate, empathetic response to another person's situation. It speaks of hope for the future and expresses support and understanding. MwB Community Music Leaders wrote the song "Humura" in response to the situation of refugees living in Rwanda and beyond.
Read about another Musical Playground, this time in al-Azariyeh / Bethany, in Jeel al Amal school and orphanage.
On September 21st, World Peace Day, we will begin a new training program in MwB Community Music Leadership for 30 people from Burundi living at the Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda. The camp has been established since February 2015, and now hosts around 50,000 people from Burundi, over half of whom are children. We will train a mixture of support workers and musicians from the camp's population, to have the skills to use music and nonviolent approaches to give vital support to vulnerable children and young people living in the refugee community.