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Sector: Archive Art and social Country: Rwanda and Uganda Project status: Archive Partner: Musicians without Borders
Musicians without Borders
Project type: AMG Project Year: 2017
Locations: Kigali and Kampala
Activities: music therapy, guitar, piano, percussions, song and songs writing

Objectives

  • Support the music activities run by the Community Music Leaders (CMLs), trained by Musicians without Borders (MwB), for the benefit of children and youth with scarce economic resources;
  • Accompany the music-therapy program towards sustainability.

Beneficiaries

Between January and June 2018, the project Rwanda Umuziki Hub involved with Alta Mane support:

  • 22 aspiring CMLs who joined in the Community Music Leadership Training;
  • 25 CMLs living in Kigali and from the Mahama Refugee Camp, as well as 3 Rwandan trainers participated to the 4th Advanced Training in Creative Community Music;
  • 9 CMLs have been employed as Assistant Trainers by local organizations and centres for orphans and street children, reaching 400 children;
  • 27 CMLs have been promoting monthly outreach events involving 17 new Community Based Organizations (CBO) and 577 children;
  • 543 disadvantaged children and young people in the capital and the Rwanda Eastern Province benefited from music activities;
  • 350 young patients of WE ACT x Hope benefited from music-therapy sessions;
  • 711 hospitalized children at Alive Medical Services (Uganda) took part to music sessions;
  • 1’000 young refugees located in the Mahama Refugee Camp;
  • Over 300 Kigali Community members;
  • 2 Trainee Music Therapists from the University of West England.

Activities

Between January and June 2018, MwB with Alta Mane support and in collaboration with the organization Ready for Reading activated the Community Music Leadership Training (April-June 2018), a 16 days training that will allow 22 new CMLs to return to their communities in Rwinkwavu (Rwanda Eastern Province) to organize music activities to support former street children, youth with very limited opportunities, survivors of domestic abuse, and people living with HIV. In parallel, MwB organized the 4th Advanced Training in Creative Community Music reaching 25 CMLs living in Kigali and from the Mahama Refugee Camp as well as 3 Rwandan trainers. At the same time, 9 CMLs have been employed as Assistant Trainers by local organizations and centres for orphans and street children, reaching 400 children; and 27 CMLs have been promoting monthly outreach events involving 17 new Community Based Organizations (CBO) and 577 children. Simultaneously, MwB because of the impossibility of establishing a Music and Training Centre in Kigali (Rwanda Umuziki Hub) successfully managed the transition of activities to full local control and implementation in partnership with WE ACT x Hope. Roughly 543 vulnerable children and young people living in Kigali and the Eastern Province regularly benefited from music activities as well as over 300 Kigali Community Members, and 350 young patients of WE ACT x Hope benefited from music-therapy sessions. In Uganda, in collaboration with Keep a Child Alive, music therapy activities continued (5 days per week) at Alive Medical Services Clinic and were led by 2 trainee music-therapists from the University of West England, reaching 711 young patients. Finally, despite the contextual constraints impeding MwB a permanent stay in the Mahama Refugee Camp, a team of trained CMLs continued the musical activities in favor of 1’000 young refugees located in the camp.

Partner

Musicians without Borders

Founded in 1999, MwB works worldwide using music as a tool to improve living conditions and reconcile populations torn apart by war. MwB collaborates with musicians belonging to civil society organization to respond to local needs. Successful cases are used to standardize and promote models, methodologies and training courses adapted to the needs of other regions. MwB introduced for the first time in Rwanda the music therapy program in 2010 and in 2012 the Community Music Leaders training program.

Information

Fondation Alta Mane supports Musicians without Borders activities in Rwanda since 2013. From 2015 to 2016, Alta Mane support focused on the “Community Music Leadership Training” sessions in Mahama refugee camp (further information). In 2016-2017, Alta Mane supported the music therapy program at WE-ACTx for Hope clinic in Kigali (further information). Fondation Alta Mane is supporting the Rwanda Umuziki Hub project since 2016.