Project #6366

Provide Music Education to Children in Mali

by Playing For Change Foundation

With the support of our GlobalGiving donors, we are happy to announce that we have reached our funding goal for this project! 

Since beginning our campaign to bring music education to the children of Mali, we have been able to provide hundreds of children with music, dance, and language classes. Our students even held a performance for the First Lady of Mali! We were also able to support the installation of a well and cistern to provide the village with a centralized source of water - previously, villagers and midwives at the local maternity ward had to walk deep into the village to get clean water. Finally, the staff at Ecole de Musique de Kirina have begun the construction of a garden at the school, and will be planting their first crops soon. This will keep many students from going to the risky gold mining sites to get money for food, and will ensure that they're able to attend their music classes regularly. 

Thank you to everyone who supported this project - we couldn't have done it without you. For future updates, videos, and pictures from Ecole de Musique de Kirina, please 'Like' their Facebook page here.

We still need your help! Please check out our new GlobalGiving campaign in support of our Musica school in Nepal here!


Every year, the government of Mali celebrates the month of solidarity. This year, the Orange Mali Foundation – which focuses on the issues of health, education, and culture – held an event on October 20th, where the École de Musique de Kirina was invited as the sole musical guest. The students and teachers performed  on stage in front of many important figures, including the Minister of Solidarity of Mali, and the General Director of Orange Mali, and the Head Mistress of Orange Mali. A short video of their awesome performance can be seen at the link below. Please check it out!


Water Distribution Project
Water Distribution Project

In May, a project that will forever change the lives of the people of Kirina was started. This project was made possible by the amazing generosity of Blur lead singer, Damon Albarn. It is with much gratitude that the water distribution project in Kirina has been completed! The taps placed around the village will allow for easy access to water for all members of the community. Check out more pictures of the finished project!

The school has also received a new camera, which will allow them to take high quality images to share with the PFC community! To see some of the first photos taken with the new camera, check out the school's Facebook page.

One of the taps placed throughout the village
One of the taps placed throughout the village
Solar panels installed in Kirina
Solar panels installed in Kirina

Thanks to the amazing generosity and work of Lighting Africa and Gary Dourdan, Kirina now has electricity! As pictured above, the electricity is powered by solar panel installations on the rooves in the village. These enable the team at the École de Musique de Kirina to power laptops, lighting, and other equipment for their students. 

We would also like to share with you a video of the advanced djembe students rehearsing for a stage performance! Watching them play in a call-and-response way is so much fun. If you would like to see more from the École de Musique de Kirina, check out their Facebook page!


Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore
Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore

The students are continuing to receive classes in dance, kora, djembe, and the traditions of the griot. One of the advanced djembe students, Adama Diawara, expresses his gratitude for the gift that the École de Musique de Kirina has given him: "I'm very happy I'm very good in Djembe. I thank PFC/PFCF and all who are helping them to give us the opportunity to be trained for a better future. Thank you all."

We are also happy to announce that the school has been able to make some much-needed repairs. These renovations include: cement floors for three of the classrooms, sheet metal and plywood to reinforce the roof and ceilings, sand and stonework, a fresh coat of paint, a sound system and generator, and repairs to broken instruments. Thanks to everyone who is helping with the upgrades - the school is going to be better than ever!

Koras that needed repairs
Koras that needed repairs
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

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Playing For Change Foundation

Location: Santa Monica, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Thea Nash
Culver City, CA United States

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