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June 14, 2014
Akaririmbo - Rwanda Youth Music

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.

December 5, 2013
Meet Leontine from Rwanda - Rwanda Youth Music

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.

August 3, 2013
Rwanda Youth Music - Music Leadership Training

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

February 26, 2013
Rwanda Youth Music - Umuco (culture)

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

April 16, 2012
A Time of Gifts and Song

This short documentary was made by Micha Hilliard during the first week of preparatory training for 25 youth leaders.

Photo Albums – 2016

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:

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:

Photo Albums – 2015

In September 2015 we began training a group of 32 young people from Mahama refugee camp to be MwB Community Music Leaders. 15 trainees are cultural performers, 15 are child protection workers, and 2 are staff members from our partner organisation PLAN International Rwanda. Mahama camp was established early in 2015 for refugees arriving from Burundi, and now is home to 45,000 people. #MusicConnects #PeaceEveryDay

Photo Albums – 2014
September 13, 2014
September 13, 2014

In August 2014, 30 youth leaders form 4 community organisations, began training in Music Workshop Leadership with Musicians without Borders.

Photo Albums – 2013

In September and October the Rwandan youth leaders who graduated from our training program gave music workshops in three different centers, reaching out to another 170 vulnerable children. They visited Amharo in Kacyiru and Kagugu, Kigali, and in the beautiful center of the organization Ready for Reading, in Rwinkwavu, a 2-hour drive from Kigali. The youth leaders (Malkah, Ferdinand, Nadine, Augustin, Leontine, Regina, and Fils) joined by our fantastic drum teacher Jaymo, worked with a total of 170 children, from the age 2 to 18. Thank you Malka Shyaka, Ferdinand Niyibigira, Lucky Shuster, Habimana Augustin, Uteta Dado Esp Regiute, Chris Nicholson, Kana Yves, Drups Jaymo, and CHABHA - Children Affected By HIV/AIDS!

September 26, 2013
September 26, 2013

The amazing youth leaders who graduated from our training program, Nadine, Emile, Emeline, Fils, Emile, and Nadine, joined Bonane and Yves to reach more than 200 children and youth in August! Thank you!!

In July 2013, the graduated youth leaders of our Music Leadership Training Program initiated and carried out two more outreach days, in cooperation with CHABHA. The first location was Kicukiro, in a center run by Agape Organization, where Eric and Regina worked with more than 70 children and youth. The second was at Bumbogo (Amahoro Organization), where Jolie and Leontine sang and danced with 50 children and adults, ages 5-45. We would like again thank Nadine and Emile, two of the graduated youth leaders, for so successfully and professionally coordinating the outreach days and supporting the workshops.

This was the second outreach day in our program. This time Marie-Paul, Joseph, Nadine, Emile, and guitar teacher Yves, traveled to Kagugu to work with almost 100 children at the center of Amahoro Organization, one of CHABHA's partners. Thank you for having us! Joseph Maniraguha Ingabire Marie Paul Mugisha Emile Lucky Shuster Kana Yves CHABHA - Children Affected By HIV/AIDS Musicians without Borders

In May 2013, the graduated trainees from our program in 2012-2013, started the outreach program, where they visit centers across Rwanda to give music workshops, reaching hundreds of more children yearly. This was the first outreach day, organized together with Shalom Educating for Peace.

In collaboration with the Listening Revolution, led by NY-based composer and creator Keren Rosenbaum, we invited 800 children and their families to a fantastic event. The youth leaders in our program designed, built, and led the activities in the huge musical playground, where everyone participated, played, danced, drummed, sang, and painted! The listening playground was followed by the graduation ceremony of the youth leaders in our program, receiving their diplomas: they are now Certified Music Workshop Leaders. Rwanda Youth Music is a project by Musicians without Borders.

This was the last training week for the first group of Rwandan youth leaders trained by Musicians without Borders. Guided by Keren Rosenbaum, the youths were prepared to organize and run the final event where 800 children and their families came to participate in a huge musical playground.

During the last training period in the project, NY-based composer and creator, Keren Rosenbaum, gave a composition workshop to music teachers and composers at the Kigali Music School.

Photo Albums – 2012

In December 2012, Musicians without Borders project manager and trainer Danny Felsteiner worked with the youth leaders in the program for 1 week. Working on song writing techniques and games for group cohesion, the youth leaders applied their new skills with children that joined the training for the last two days. Together they wrote two songs and recorded them in the studio of the French Cultural Center. Thanks to all the musicians who were involved in the training: Chris, Kim, Paco, James, Nina and Hope. Also a big thank you to Noam.

August 10, 2012
August 10, 2012

MwB trainer Sherwin Kirindingo gave a wonderful percussion and drumming masterclass to Kigali-based drummers at the studio in the French Cultural Institute