Playing For Change Foundation

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. To date, 9 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Thailand and Nepal. 700 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existi...
Jun 11, 2014

Progress and joy at the Ntonga Music School

Mphumzi
Mphumzi

Early this year the program team at the Playing For Change Foundation worked on strategy with the leadership team at the Ntonga Music School that could grow the school in a manageable way, increase community outreach and participation as well as improve the overall structure of the music school.

Since February we have seen encouraging progress. We now have a strong administrator in place, and three new committee member candidates from Gugulethu. There are approximately 40-50 consistent students and up to 100 students that are participating in the program. There has been outreach to two local schools and a small event at a nearby township. Derrick, Ntonga's administrator is in constant communication with parents and checking in on students that miss a class, including visiting their homes. We have a solid, experienced candidate for the vocal teacher. We’ll be making final decisions on the committee and vocal teacher in the next one to two weeks.  

The spirit and energy of the school continues to strengthen. We have heard the impact the program is having from the students themselves,

"I play drums and I feel playing drums is going to make my future. I'm not going to become a gangster, it is going to do good things for me and make my life good."-  Mphumzi, 13 years old

"I have confidence when playing my guitar and I know the notes of the music I'm playing." - Eletmu, 8 years old

"I have learned team work, to work together and to share." - Liami, 6 years old

"I've learned a lot of new things here, such as how music connects me to other people and how I learn new things with them." - Zizpho, 18 years old

The community of Gugulethu is the heart of the music school and it's success. We're so happy to continue our relationship with the society of Gugulethu "Gugs" that thrives despite adversity and has the ability to see the positive regardless of the challenges.  

Ntonga Music School
Ntonga Music School
Students playing guitar at Ntonga
Students playing guitar at Ntonga
Zizpho
Zizpho
John, saxophone teacher at Ntonga
John, saxophone teacher at Ntonga
Children playing in Gugulethu
Children playing in Gugulethu

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May 6, 2014

A New Well in Kirina, Mali

Village children try out the new well
Village children try out the new well's pumps.

We have great news to share with you along with our thanks!!!

On March 8 a new well, solar pump and water tank were installed in Kirina, Mali!! It has been a dream of ours for some time to provide more water to this village of 2,000 residents where I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina is located. Thanks to the generous support from our donors and partners - to help source the water, install the well and sustain a vibrant school of music and dance that now serves more than 200 children - villagers in Kirina will now have access to more clean water every day!!!

This is a shining example of how music can serve as a vital anchor for all kinds of positive change. For all Playing For Change Foundation programs, we start with the music because it's the core, the basis of community connection. The incredible assistance we receive through partnerships and collaborations provides essential hope and inspiration as well. 

Thank you for being a part of the music school in Mali and for your love and support of children in all of our programs. 

The new well in the village has a solar pump.
The new well in the village has a solar pump.

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Feb 28, 2014

Music to My Ears

This postcard is submitted by Chi Nguyen, our In-The-Field Representative who is traveling through Southern Africa.

On the morning of Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, I was able to visit Pokie and Derrick of Ntonga Music School. Although it was too early for the younger ones to arrive at Ntonga, I was able to witness Pokie giving a one-on-one bass lesson to an older student of his. When asked how he enjoyed Ntonga, a huge smile spread across the blossoming bass player's face and he said, "I love it. I come here every day, every single day, before work. It is my passion."

I watched as the two of them improvised a duet together, both of them rocking back and forth, lost in the music. What a wonderful way to start off the day indeed.

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