Music and artsIn addition to providing basic needs (shelter, food, clothing), we believe we have a responsibility to give each child in our care hope for their future, and to broaden their knowledge and understanding that THEY are the future of their country and they ‘can do’. One way we achieve this is by providing by providing opportunities for self-expression through music and arts and crafts.

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Music is an important part of life in Tanzania! People love to dance and sing. Church choirs are famous – every church, from large city churches to small village churches, has a choir. But, music is not taught in Tanzanian schools as a subject apart from in private schools, which only the elite can afford.

Our children have access to drums, guitars, and keyboards and when we can, we hire music teachers or utilise volunteers. We also have plenty of arts supplies and we utilise volunteers to design activities for our children.

We have seen changes in our children that include:

Increased self-confidence

Increased communication skills

Increased ability to think creatively and ability to express that creativity

Increased fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination

Increased abilities in reading comprehension, spelling, mathematics, listening skills, primary mental abilities and problem solving.

In their short music ‘career’, our children have given two public performances, and we have made two short videos – our children ooze joy and enthusiasm!

 

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