Between Friends

Looking back on 2018

Dear Friend, Thanks to your support and God’s provision, 2018 was a monumental year for Music for Life! Together, we made a tremendous impact on the children and communities we serve. While it’s difficult to quantify our work with mere numbers, we feel it’s important to measure the impact we’re making so we can see the […]

Music for Life outreach programs

In the slums of Africa, children live with the harsh realities of extreme poverty every day.  They often live with one parent who struggles constantly to find one meal a day and money for school fees. Their homes are small shacks nestled tightly together with no running water, electricity or sanitation services.  They’re surrounded by […]

A letter from Ronald

Dear reader, My name is Ronald, I am 25-years-old and I toured with the 22nd African Children’s Choir, and after graduating high school the Young Africans 2. I come from Kenya and was raised in a slum community called Obunga in Kisumu. My journey with the African Children’s Choir started in the year 2001. I joined the Choir when I was seven-years-old. […]

Tethered

In my early years living in Uganda, I spent a lot of time in the slums. I couldn’t understand how or why people had to live in slums and wrote this a few years ago to avoid losing it. Now that I’m back “home” I read it to remind myself why these children need a […]

Just As I Am, by Amanda

In this beautiful poem, Amanda, who traveled with Choir 24 in 2003/2004, writes about her experience. I am Bright Brilliant Beautiful Just as I am. I am Sufficient Intelligent Resilient Just as I am. I know that In this deep darkness of Pain, loss and grief I may sometimes feel different I know that Because […]

Just As I Am, by Sandra

Sandra’s words express what it has meant to her, and her family, to be supported – just as she is…  Sometimes I sit quietly by a window just to watch the world around me and reflect on my life. Today was one of those days. Today was one of those days where I sat by […]

Between Friends – March

Battling the cycle of poverty is a dynamic challenge, a challenge that requires long-term commitment, investment and consistency amidst harsh environments. It requires overcoming many obstacles and an unwavering faith that God will continue to guide, provide and lead us to His plan in our lives. Each year we celebrate our university graduates. This year […]

Meet Jemimah

Jemimah Nasanga is a phenomenal singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader, cherished by a broad fan base and fellow musicians around the world. The Uganda-born artist is well-known for the love and hope that flow through her music, endlessly inspiring those living across the continent of Africa. In 1984, Jemimah was selected to join the […]

A New Dream for the Next Generation

Widespread poverty, devastating diseases, crumbling infrastructure, tribal tensions, crippling corruption, hunger…. So many of the issues we associate with poverty stem from the lack of one simple human right we often take for granted – a quality education. The kind of education that empowers graduates to compete for jobs that pay living wages. The kind […]

Cultivating a Spirit of Giving

We’re serious about achieving our mission of “helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.” From the time they join Music for Life as young children until long after they graduate, we present our students with ongoing opportunities to serve people and communities in need. Most recently, children studying at the […]

Choir 47 Begins N.A. Tour

Our 47th African Children’s Choir launched their North American tour just a few weeks ago, with 19 of the most adorable, passionate and talented children we’ve ever met. Kids like 8-year-old Joshua (“Big Josh”), 8-year-old Flavia, and 8-year-old Jeremiah are winding their way through the U.S. and Canada. Joshua, who wants to be a pastor […]

A New Song

Our dream of a new training facility for the African Children’s Choir became a reality earlier this month as the children of Choir 47 moved into our new Choir Training Academy. Children like Treasure, Tracy, and Kevin are now living, training and learning at the new facility, which is located on the 16-acre campus of […]

Meet Grace

Meet Grace. Grace toured with Choir 19 when she was eight, and then again as a young adult with Ubuntu Africa Choir. Grace graduated from university in January 2016 with a degree in social work and social sciences. A natural leader, Grace was selected to intern in South Africa with our African Odyssey Leadership Program […]

Meet Flavia

When eight-year-old Flavia joined the African Children’s Choir Training Academy in October this year, she knew she would be learning to sing and dance. But she didn’t realize the full extent of the opportunity. Now, seven weeks into the program, she has a new perspective on what it has to offer. “At the Training Academy, […]

Music for Life Centres

Each week, Choir alumni who are now in university give back by volunteering at a local primary school where they run our Music for Life Centres. These programs enable us to work with some of Uganda and Kenya’s neediest children through partnerships with a number of impoverished local primary schools. Recently, 8-year-old Joshua started attending […]

Meet David

Meet David. David is from Kenya and toured with Choirs 14, 15 and 16. After earning a university degree in education in 2011, David became a primary school teacher. The African Children’s Choir was so impressed with his passion and gift for teaching that we hired him to teach Science at our primary school in […]

The Power of Music

This post was written by Sandra, who toured with the 24th African Children’s Choir, as well as with the Base Choir in 2007. She most recently toured with Ubuntu in the spring of 2016. Sandra is 20 years old and just began her post-secondary education. She is pursuing a career in international relations. I was […]

Job Shadowing in Australia

Ubuntu toured Australia for three months this spring, performing 28 concerts and hosting 21 workshops. The group had the special honor of performing for the Department of Foreign Affairs staff, as well as dignitaries in Canberra and at the Collingwood President’s Club. In addition to their performances, members of Ubuntu had the privilege of interacting […]

Making a Difference

Greeted with smiling faces and warm hugs, we instantly felt the warmth and care of Uganda. We were welcomed by a group of young adults who once toured with the African Children’s Choir. As we drove in, the sign caught my eye; below the familiar logo was the statement: Making a Difference. Within a matter of […]

Impact(ed) in Adjumani

  We’re excited to share an update on what has been accomplished through the outreach programs that you generously gave toward at Christmas. In early January, a team of five university students from Choir 16, 20 & 21 travelled to Adjumani, a Sudanese refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Accompanied by a mentor, Abraham from Choir […]