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WAR DIVIDES, MUSIC CONNECTS
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September 17, 2015 •• Rwanda Youth Music
Supporting People Living as Refugees in Rwanda

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 children and young people living in the refugee community. Many children arrive unaccompanied and vulnerable in their new environment. Our training program will be implemented over the coming 9 months, in partnership with PLAN International Rwanda, as they work to provide protection particularly for children and women in the camp.

A young boy flies his homemade kite over Mahama refugee camp. We will training 30 people from the camp to be MwB Community Music Leaders, to enhance the support available to children like this.

A young boy flies his homemade kite over Mahama refugee camp. We will train 30 people from the camp to be MwB Community Music Leaders, to enhance the support available to children like him.

Alongside this training project, our team of previously graduated MwB Community Music Leaders will travel to refugee camps across Rwanda as part of our outreach program. Initial evaluation of their music workshops has shown profound  benefits for the children participating. We have seen that music workshops at a reception centre for refugees arriving from Burundi, showed positive effects on the mood and sense of connection felt by young children:

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Sense of connection felt by children aged 5-10 at a refugee reception centre before and during music workshops.

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Sense of mood felt by children aged 5-10 at a refugee reception centre before and during music workshops.

In the first month of the outreach program, MwB Community Music Leaders worked with over 1000 children living in refugee camps. Over the coming year we aim to reach 3000 more. The new leaders we will begin training at Mahama camp have the potential to work with 1000s more children and young people.

Hundreds of children joined each music workshop

Hundreds of children joined each music workshop

Thank you for helping us to make this work of healing and hope possible for refugee children and youth in this afflicted region.

Chris

In September 2012, Chris Nicholson set up a music therapy program for people living with HIV and AIDS at a clinic in urban central Rwanda. In September 2013 he returned to continue his therapy work with vulnerable HIV+ adolescents and to establish a training program in Music & Health. He is Project Manager of Rwanda Youth Music and Tanzania Youth Music. Prior to his involvement with music therapy, Chris had an international performance and teaching career as a classical guitarist. He studied classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and in Spain with maestros José Tomas and Alex Garrobé.

 
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