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"Music is a symbol of friendship in our country. It helps us to be released from depression in order to have a better future. I think we will learn how to show others who are HIV+ that they have a value for themselves and for their country."•• Community Music Leaders, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda Youth Music was developed at the invitation of local partner WE-ACTx for Hope to support the needs of children and young people living with HIV. The most appropriate and effective musical approaches are embedded in WE-ACTx for Hope’s clinical support structure, sustainably providing young patients with opportunities for positive creative expression and social empowerment through musical interaction.

Music Therapy

In 2013, Musicians without Borders was invited to support the establishment of the country’s first professional Music Therapy position. Since then, in small groups and in 1-1 sessions, over 100 young people living with HIV have attended and benefitted from music therapy sessions with a UK qualified and registered music therapist. In evaluation, 100% of interviewed participants reported positive impact.

Innovative methods of practice have been developed to enable many more people to access the benefits of music therapy. Rwandan musicians have been trained to run therapeutic music groups; and a training course has been developed in Music & Health, accredited within the University of Rwanda’s forthcoming BA Music.

Community Music Leaders

Community Music Leaders are trained to use music as a tool for social change, community building, and healing. Since 2012, international and Rwandan trainers have facilitated the training of 80 Community Music Leaders in Rwanda, each receiving 116 hours of professional training.

Training focuses on musical skills; leadership skills; and introductions to principles of non-violence, non-judgment, inclusion and participation that inform Musicians without Borders’ working ethos. Rwandan trainers provide on-going support, and ensure local culture is embedded in the training.

Ubumuntu

The Community Music Leaders in Rwanda wrote and recorded “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. It asks all people to have empathy and to feel the human needs of others.

To Rwandans the word signifies sharing, giving, and supporting the needs of your neighbors.

Outreach & Advocacy

Over 30,000 young people across Rwanda have participated in musical outreach events.

Community Music Leaders have travelled to centres for former street children; refugee camps; and to communities affected by HIV. They lead children to dance, sing, write songs, and play instruments, using their skills in leadership and nonviolent communication to create safe and creative experiences.

The program helps advocate for the adoption of music approaches developed in Rwanda for WE-ACTx for Hope. This has led to employment opportunities for the young music leaders, and the inclusion in training courses of members of other organisations.

Lastest News
June 26, 2018
June 26, 2018

Our training program in Rwanda continues in partnership with WE-ACTx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK. This month, our trainees wrote a song together titled “Urukundo” (Love).

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This year in Rwanda we started a four week training in partnership with WE-Actx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK.

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A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders’ work can be told through numbers; the number of people participating in programs, the number of activities that have taken place, the number of organizations around the world with which we work. Of course, each of these numbers represents a story in itself, of the music made by people in a moment of their lives.

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At the weekend, a new training course in MwB Community Music Leadership began in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, led entirely by a team of Rwandan musicians and community leaders trained by Musicians without Borders.
The trainees are 20 community members (aged 13-50) who are engaged with supporting young people facing limited opportunities due to poverty, illiteracy, rural unemployment, gender based violence, and formerly living as street children.
This training shares the skills and experience developed since 2010 at our partner WE-ACTx for Hope, and is organised with the organisation Ready for Reading.

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The outreach program continues in Rwanda! Over 100 children from 3 local organisations danced, sang, wrote songs, and played drums strengthening old connections and creating new friendships.

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February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018

“Every time we go out and meet children who don’t access music and do music together, its like working with little angels because the smile and happiness on their face is priceless.”

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December 25, 2017
December 25, 2017

We would like to share some highlights from our Rwanda Youth Music program in 2017.

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•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music

Rwanda Youth Music project assistant Allison Shyaka traveled to Europe last month to attend our Training of Trainers. Read his story!

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At the weekend, a new training course in MwB Community Music Leadership began in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, led entirely by a team of Rwandan musicians and community leaders trained by Musicians without Borders.
The trainees are 20 community members (aged 13-50) who are engaged with supporting young people facing limited opportunities due to poverty, illiteracy, rural unemployment, gender based violence, and formerly living as street children.
This training shares the skills and experience developed since 2010 at our partner WE-ACTx for Hope, and is organised with the organisation Ready for Reading.

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This year marks the first MwB training course delivered entirely by our Rwandan team. Yves and Espoir are working as lead trainers, alongside a team of experienced music leaders. They are training a group of 15 young people to use music to benefit 100s of vulnerable children.

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On Tuesday, April 5th, we concluded a year-long community music training for 30 Burundian youth living in the largest refugee camp in Rwanda, home to 50,000 refugees, of whom more than 30,000 are children.

On their graduation day they performed and worked with thousands of children in an uplifting event.

As MwB Community Music Leaders, they now bring hope, healing, and joy every day to the thousands of children at Mahama refugee camp. With music.

Please help us raise EUR 6000 by the end of April to sustain this program:

http://mwb.to/donate

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We’re training 30 Burundian refugees to become Community Music Leaders in the largest refugee camp in Rwanda, home to 50,000 people, over 30,000 of whom are children and youth.

They are learning how to use music to connect, heal and give hope to thousands of children in Mahama Refugee Camp.

This is the fourth and last training week. We’re working with the trainees for 4 days, preparing them to run a community music event for all the camp’s children!

Improving their improvisation skills, they learn ways to tap into their creativity, think outside the box, and create a safe environment for the children for creativity and expression.

Please support our work by securing the future of this program and give today: http://mwb.to/donate

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We explained to the trainees that the next day we would work with children from the village, and they would lead workshops of drumming, songwriting and movement. Stage one of the workshops would be to go into the community and talk with the children and their families and to invite them to participate. The result was 80 children, including street children and homeless youth, singing and smiling in community music-making.

This was the practical experience assignment during the third week of training for this group of trainees. The trainees are from Burundi, living in Rwanda as refugees at Mahama camp. http://mwb.ngo

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This week MwB Community Music Leaders have given music workshops for 200 young refugees as part of our outreach program.
These photos show both the joy and the conditions experienced in workshops at Mugombwa refugee camp.
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/music-supports/
#MusicConnects

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During the second week of their training, 30 trainees from Burundi living as refugees in Rwanda practiced their new skills as Community Music Leaders.

On the 4th day they worked with children from their community in Mahama refugee camp, writing songs, playing movement games, singing, and dancing.

#MusicConnects #PeaceEveryDay http://mwb.link/friends

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Yesterday we began the second week of training in Community Music Leadership for a group of 30 people from Burundi living as refugees in Rwanda, at Mahama camp.

Danny, our trainer, wrote: “I’m so inspired. Many of the 30 young Burundian refugees that I teach this week are called Community Mobilizers. They work with hundreds of children DAILY at the refugee camp. There are more than 30,000 children in the refugee camp, and these young leaders are determined to reach every single child, and bring them the joy of music.

For the past two days, we danced, sang, drummed, and learned about issues of safety, behavior, and setting rules. Tomorrow we will practice songwriting, and plan their workshops with the children on Friday.”

Help us support the team of Community Music Leaders in Rwanda:
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/music-supports/

#PeaceEveryDay #MusicConnects

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Videos

One of the great successes of the Rwanda Youth Music program is that young people who received Musicians without Borders training as Community Music Leaders, are now finding opportunities with other organizations as trainers and teachers of music.

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Yves Kana works with Musicians without Borders since 2012 as a music teacher and assistant trainer. He reaches 1000s of vulnerable children with his work. We need your support to continue and train more Rwandan community musicians in 2017.

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Over the past 12 months we have worked with a group of thirty young people from Burundi living as refugees in Mahama camp, Rwanda. A team of MwB trainers from Rwanda, Israel and the Netherlands have led them through our course of Community Music Leadership, to become leaders in their community using musical and nonviolent approaches. During this period, they stepped into the role, leading music workshops with an astonishing 35,000 young people in Mahama refugee camp.

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•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music Videos

Your donation can support Community Music Leaders to work with 1000s of vulnerable refugee children in Rwanda. They use music to bring an experience of community, safety, creativity and joy to children who too often face isolation, danger, stagnation and sadness.

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We want to take this opportunity to celebrate a group of African children who we work with in Rwanda. These young Rwandans volunteer their time every single week to give support to 100s of vulnerable children through dance, song, instruments, games and musical activities.

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•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music Videos

In February 2013 Leontine graduated from Musicians without Borders’ music leadership training in Kigali, Rwanda. Since then she and her 24 colleagues have brought music to thousands of HIV+ children.

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An overview of the music leadership training program, with a video clip of a new song the youth leaders wrote.

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This song was written by the youth leaders during a songwriting workshop they gave to children in the program.

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•• Topics Rwanda Youth Music Videos