Youth Musical Center in Sierra Leone



Equip a youth center in Bo District, Sierra Leone, so that youths have a space to practice and perform music, mentored by one of Sierra Leone's most popular musicians, Steady Bongo.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Sierra Leone’s youth are largely impoverished and disenfranchised, with few opportunities for education, employment, or a voice in society. This situation was a major factor in Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war, which ended in 2001. This center will serve Bo District’s large youth population, comprised predominantly of excombatants. As it grows, it will serve as a resource to youth from around the country.

How will this project solve this problem?

Steady Bongo is partnering with Talking Drum Studio to provide a space for youth to use music to engage in constructive dialogue for the development of Sierra Leone, which local youth will build.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project brings war-impacted children together in a safe forum. These children use music to recover from the effects of war and to build constructive relationships with each other. These relationships will help ensure a peaceful Sierra Leone.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $12,285

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $12,285 .  The original project funding goal was $12,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Frances Fortune

West Africa Regional Director
Freetown, Sierra Leone

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