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, 8 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, and Nepal. 600 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existing progra...
May 22, 2013

Meet MK, one of our shining stars at Ntonga

"My name is Mkhontotowesizwe Zwedala, but people call me MK,  I'm 21 years old and I'm from Gugulethu.  I speak Xhosa and Engish and I study Saxophone at Ntonga Music School. My father is a photographer in Gugulethu and I'm the third born of 4 children. I finished high school and I want to be a professional musician in future. I walk every day to the school to take classes with Mr. John , who teaches us to read and play music. My main influences in music are John Coltrane, McCoy Mrubata, and Winston Mankunku-Ngozi. I can't really explain what I feel when I play music but if you listen to me you'll understand. I try to tell a story with my instrument. I want to be successful, in order to take care of my family, I want to travel to France and be able to inspire and motivate the young kids."

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May 22, 2013

Solar Panels are now in Kirina!

Kirina has recently experienced a tremendous change for the daily life of the community. The village has been offered more than 300 solar panels (photovoltaic panels) through the Malian government. The initiative is the result of the cooperation between the Chinese and the Malian governments. The village of Kirina has been chosen for this very special gift among thousands of villages in Mali. Many other villages in the country are also without electricity so we are thrilled to have been chosen among these other places.

The "streets" of the village are lit every evening until 1am and dozens of families now have light in their homes at night as every solar panel is connected to a battery, a converter and a power strip, which allows for the use of lamps, radios, or any other electric devices in their home. This gift has been received with the blessing of the community, and a great deal of work has been done to inform all the community members on how to use the installations properly. A group of people has also been trained on how to maintain the installations. The music school also received a panel, a battery and a converter, which will allow us to organize special events at the school and introduce electronic instruments to it in the future.

This is a tremendous change for the village, and we believe it is going to make for a more comfortable everyday life, even if Kirina, like many other villages in Africa, still needs better access to clean water, alphabetization and education. This is an ongoing struggle, and your support is the only way we can continue to bring positive change through music education to areas such as Kirina, Mali.

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Mar 4, 2013

Mitrata students receive certificates!

Mitrata students receive their certificates
Mitrata students receive their certificates

The students at the Mitrata Nepal music program proudly display their Certificates of Achievement presented by our in-country program administrators, Ishor and Suljan, on behalf of the Playing For Change Foundation. The students received the certificates in recognition for their hard work and dedication to their music classes. Everyone at the Playing For Change Foundation is amazed and excited to see both the progress the children have made and their unwavering commitment to learn music.

"The certificates are not just the paper, but a source of power, influence, and an effective way to promote and give encouragement to the kids. I personally love the way they're presented and the kids were really excited and honored to have the certificate." - Suljan, Program Administrator, Nepal.  "The certificates have the power to help encourage our students and build on their musical skills. I am really proud of our kids! " - Ishor, Program Administrator, Nepal

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