Well things are going to look different in 2020 for Instruments For The Outback but we are going ahead! Due to COVID-19 we are unable to physically get to our projects in the NT this year, but it doesn't stop us from being able to provide music education online!
We will be supporting our projects in the Northern Territory this year in the following ways:
- Providing online music lessons featuring pre-recorded content from our pool of professional musicians
- Online workshops, video editing tutorials, sound editing/ mixing tutorials
- Recorded devotions to support staff and students
- Plus sending lightweight recording equipment / software to help build their studio resources
- Providing guitar strings, drum sticks, leads and other items that need replacing
We value your support so much and thank you for being part of the MusicGiveLife family!
- MGL Team
We've got some great reports from our project in Addis Ababa! Over the past four years we've been working with The Lelt Foundation to provide musical opportunities to underprivileged children. The music program has brought so much joy and pride to all the students involved.
Lelt Foundation founder Anja Wood says, "I'm so amazed at the big impact it has had. It is truly a valued and respected class at the community centre."
Instruments For Ethiopia partners with non-profit, locally managed organisation The Lelt Foundation, to provide musical instruments and music education to Ethiopian children living in Kare Kore, Addis Ababa. Their programs are designed to empower acutely impoverished families with tools to become sustainable. They focus on educational opportunities so that children can thrive and have access to employment opportunities later in life.
If you don't know the full story, Andy and I (Levi) travelled to Addis Ababa in 2015 where we sought an organisation working with children in the area of music. We kicked off our very first project which has to date seen $9000 AUD raised to purchase musical instruments, both traditional and modern, as well as provide expert tuition from a traditional music teacher who runs group classes each week.
Students are given opportunities to learn, engage with other students and perform for their community. They've found playing traditional Ethiopian music is able to bring them closer to their ancestors and families and gives them something to be proud of, which means a lot. In their current economic state they would often not have the opportunity to learn an instrument and receive professional tuition.
Partner with us this year as we continue to to support this wonderful project.
Levi and Andy