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Founded – 2012

Participants – 909

Activities – 634

Background

“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.

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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.

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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.

News & Events


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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Kigali

Continuing our ‘Stories of Light’ series, Rwanda Youth Music Program Manager, Chris Nicholson shares his favorite moment from 2018.

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Urukundo

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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Rwanda Community Music Training (Rwinkwavu)

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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March 31, 2017

From Youth Leaders to Teachers

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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March 23, 2017

Rwandan Community Music Trainer: Yves Kana

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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June 17, 2016

Graduation Day, Mahama Refugee Camp

Over the past 12 months we have worked with a group of thirty young people…

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Rwanda News

News & Events – Rwanda

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Kigali

Continuing our ‘Stories of Light’ series, Rwanda Youth Music Program Manager, Chris Nicholson shares his favorite moment from 2018.

Read More

Urukundo

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).

Read More

Rwanda Community Music Training (Rwinkwavu)

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

Read More

3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Rwanda Team: MwB Community Music Leadership Training

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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