Our Final Playing For Change Donation For 2015

During 2015, half of the costs of our Zither Groups was donated to the Playing For Change Foundation to support Free Music Education world-wide. As the Zither Groups grew, so did our Donation and I'm very pleased to announce that our final donation of the year was $216, or US$150, enabling us to provide an annual scholarship for 1 student at one of the many Playing For Change music schools and here is the reply we received after making our donation -

Dear Angelika,

We are truly humbled to receive your recent gift. Your support is a source of great encouragement to those of us who administer the work (thank you for believing in us!) and the children and communities who benefit (thank you for believing in them!). We thank you for believing in the power of music and for supporting the Playing For Change Foundation with your gift of $150.00! It is a real and valuable investment in the creativity and promise of every student who participates in our programs around the world. It empowers each of them to SPEAK.

“I have learned that I have the capacity to do something good in my life.”
- Sarasweeti, 15-year-old student, Mitrata Music Program, Kathmandu, Nepal

The music education you are providing fosters pride and confidence in the children, increases community connections and cultural awareness, and sparks their desire to continue learning and working together. You have given the gift of music. But, truthfully, you have given so much more. Now that many of our programs are 5+ years old, and include students like Halik who have participated on scholarship throughout that time, we are seeing a new level of impact, both on students and the community.
"I thank PFC, the Bizung School of Music & Dance, and all the people who have been supporting the Foundation because it’s not easy to give someone a bright future.”
- Halik, 19-year-old student, Bizung School of Music and Dance, Tamale, Ghana

Thank you for sharing what you have so that we can be a part of the lives of amazing young people like Sarasweeti and Halik, and support them and many more so they can flourish. Music brings them joy in the moment and inspiration for the future.

One Love from all of us,
Elizabeth Hunter
Executive Director

...and in this video Halik demonstrates the positive effect music education  can bring - enjoy!