To bring a similar experience to children outside the Choir program, Music for Life partners with community schools in Uganda and Kenya to establish Music for Life Centers.
The Music for Life Centers offer an after-school program once a week that includes music and dance, arts and crafts, life skills training, homework help and one-on-one interaction between the children and Center volunteers. The knowledge that someone cares, and has the time to listen, has a tremendous impact on the children, not to mention the opportunity to “just be kids” and forget about their daily struggles for a few hours.
The results are tangible as the quiet, shy children transform into enthusiastic, energetic children full of laughter and love. Teachers notice increased confidence, better academic performance and growing leadership skills in the children.
There are currently Music for Life Centers in Uganda and Kenya. Each center has approximately 50 children attending each week. Each Music for Life Center provides a meal or snack as well. For many of the children, this is the only meal they will eat that day.