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.
This year we are training 30 young Rwandans in Community Music Leadership. These young leaders work with thousands of vulnerable children across the country. After graduation, they will engage in our outreach program, visiting different communities in Rwanda, and some will join our trainers as assistant trainers in future trainings.
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, Mudahemuka Fils, Chris Nicholson, Kana Yves, Drups Jaymo, and CHABHA – Children Affected By HIV/AIDS!
The amazing youth leaders who graduated from our training program, Nadine, Emile, Emeline, Fils, Emile, and Nadine, joined the music coaches Bonane and Yves to reach more than 200 children and youth in August! Thank you!!
This program is done in cooperation with WE-ACTx clinic, and CHABHA – Children Affected By HIV/AIDS.read more ›
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.read more ›