In May our team made the trip twice to Kiziba refugee camp, in the far west of Rwanda, by Lake Kivu on the border with DRC. They worked there with young students, facilitating music workshops to support the community and provide a new expressive outlet.
We hope these workshops prove to be the beginning of a new initiative to increase access to music-making in the camp; establishing a permanent music space and program over the coming year.
Kiziba was established as a refugee camp in 1996, in the wake of on-going displacement resulting from conflicts and genocide in the region. The children with whom we are working, were born in the camp, and face this as their home.
Peace and love,
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.