The project in summary

Training of Community Music Leaders (CML) to organize music workshops in favor of children living in Mahama refugee camp, Rwanda.

The project in detail

Between 2015 and 2016, young people living in Mahama refugee camp (Eastern Province, Rwanda, on the border with Burundi) had the opportunity to follow a course for Community Music Leaders (CML). They were trained to organize music workshops for children living in the camp and thus acquire professional skills to work for local and international NGOs working in Mahama in favour of children.
  • 35 young people enrolled in the course, including musicians, social workers involved in the protection of minors and members of Plan International staff.
  • From 20 to 278 children per session, recipients of musical workshops organized by CML apprentices to build on the skills acquired during the course.
Between 2015 and 2016, with Alta Mane support, Musicians without Borders (MwB) organized, in collaboration with local and international musicians and the contribution of trained CML, a 4-week course for prospective Community Music Leaders. During the course, the young participants studied singing, creative writing, rhythmic improvisation and percussion, learned games and movements and received training in leadership and non-violent pedagogy. The apprentices were able to put into practice what they learnt by organizing music workshops for the children of the camp. The diploma ceremony took place in April 2016.
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. For the first time in 2012, MwB introduced in Rwanda the Community Music Leaders training program.


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Fondation Alta Mane has been supporting Musicians without Borders Rwanda Youth Music project since 2013. From 2015 to 2016, Alta Mane support focused on the Community Music Leaders training that took place in Mahama refugee camp. In 2016, Alta Mane supported the music therapy and therapeutic music groups program at the clinic WE-ACTx for Hope in Kigali (further information). Since 2016, Fondation Alta Mane supports the creation and consolidation of the Rwanda Umuziki Hub (further information).