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July 16, 2010 •• Rwanda Youth Music
Final Preparations

While Fabienne is commuting Jerusalem< -->Bethlehem at least twenty times a day, busy with arranging music workshops in summer camps for hundreds of children with trainees of Musicians without Borders, I am left at home with all the last minute preparations…


Malarone.


Mosquito net.


Guitar strings.


A place to sleep on the first night…

Tomorrow night, at 1 AM, Ethiopian Airlines airplane will take off and fly downwards to Ethiopia, stop there, continue to Uganda, stop there, and then continue to Rwanda, where we will spend 4 weeks, after which we will travel by land back to Uganda for another 3 weeks, in total of 7 weeks!

Next to training youth to do music workshops with children in Kigali, Rwanda during a summer camp, we will mostly be doing music workshops with children in different centers, villages and schools. Some children are refugees, some are orphans, some are HIV-positive, and some like to play football, eat ice-cream and smack their little sisters on the head.

The day after we arrive we will already take a bus and start a 4-hour drive west to Cyangugu:

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Here we will spend 4 days working with children from a local school, and giving a short training workshop to choir members.

We don’t take much with us. A simple camera. A notebook with a hard cover. A guitar and a portable amp. This leads me to a quote by the late American actor William Claude Fields who once said: “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.”

Until next time,
Danny

•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music