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Rwanda Youth Music 2017
December 25, 2017   Rwanda

As we enter 2018, we would like to share some highlights of what your support made possible in 2017.

This year, we invested in training and development of local leadership, with the first MwB Community Music Leadership training delivered entirely by our local team. We continued to build upon our long-standing partnership with health clinic WE-ACTx for Hope, training their peer parents (young support workers) in community music leadership skills, who reach hundreds of children and youth through weekly workshops. Further, our outreach program continues to engage some of the most vulnerable children in Kigali, including street children and young people affected by HIV.

Watch and listen to the story of how our Rwandan trainer Yves Kana was inspired to become a community music leader.

Beneficiaries in 2017:

  • 1000 children and young people living in situations of reduced opportunities, received the benefits of music-making.
  • Our outreach program employed 27 Community Music Leaders, who gave music workshops for 628 children, with 12 community-based organisations that work with street children, children living with HIV, and orphans.
  • 15 new Community Music Leaders graduated from MwB’s training course, completely run by Rwandan trainers.
  • 35 members of our team of Community Music Leaders participated in training to expand their creativity and enhance the benefits of their work for young people in Rwanda.
  • 300 community and family members attended community music events run by our local team
  • 320 children and youth at our partner organisation WE-ACTx for Hope benefitted from regular musical support programs.

Project manager Allison Shyaka presents at MwB’s annual Training of Trainers in the Netherlands

Key events:

June: On African Children’s Day, 150 children and their caregivers attended a celebration, which highlighted music from all the support programs, including traditional performances, drumming, instrumental groups and singing.

October: Project assistant Allison Shyaka ran music workshops for schoolchildren in Luxembourg, in cooperation with social justice organizations Amitié Am Sand-Amizero and Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, as well as attended MwB’s Training of Trainers in the Netherlands (October). Read his personal account.

December: 15 We-ACT for Hope youth graduated to become community music leaders, with more than 300 children present at the final event

Graduation day for our community music leaders (December 2017)

In 2018, we will continue training new community music leaders, offering them employment opportunities and a positive outlook for their future as well as engaging thousands of vulnerable children and youth through music workshops.

Akanyoni Katagurutse Ntikamenya Iyo Bweze (A bird which doesn’t fly will never know where good seeds are.) – Kinyarwanda proverb

Thank you for your support, and best wishes for the new year!

Topics: Rwanda