Project #6366

Provide Music Education to Children in Mali

by Playing For Change Foundation
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!

I’Ecole de Musique de Kirina brought everyone in Kirina together to celebrate. It is the 5th consecutive year the PFCF music school in Mali has participated in PFC Day. This year's celebration included performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali's finest musicians. The most exciting part about Playing For Change Day is the students were able showcase what they've learned at the school for their community and the world.

In addition to the performances, for the first time the administrators and teachers in Mali were able to film the event and create their own video (a laptop and microphone that were donated to the program earlier this year). We’re sharing the video with you to see the beautiful ways your contribution has made an impact in the lives of the children in Mali, their families and the community of Kirina.


30% Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 15th! GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match on all donations, while funds remain. Matching begins at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here at 9:00 Wednesday morning to make your gift!

More often than not, when you read about music education, you hear about all the benefits learning music can have on a child: more self-esteem, better collaboration with peers, and increased learning in primary school, to name a few. The benefits of these programs extend beyond the students participating in them, however; the seed of change that is planted in the school grows to include the teachers, their families, and the communities they live in.

Seidou Kone teaches percussion at the PFCF music school in Mali. He carries his drum on his back and rides his bicycle 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from his home in Nafadji, where he lives with his family, to the village of Kirina to give drum lessons.

Seidou is a talented musician and a joyful teacher—someone his students can look up to and learn from—and as much passion and effort as he puts into teaching, the school gives something back to him, too. He teaches students about rhythm and music, and gains pride from keeping their cultural traditions alive. He puts his time and energy into the school, and is able to help support his family.

“Being a teacher at the school has significantly changed my life,” he says. “I have better harvests now because I can buy fertilizers and tools, so it has also helped [my family’s] nourishment issues.”

When you support PFCF music education programs, not only are you creating a learning opportunity for the students, you are providing the opportunity for teachers like Seidou and their families to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

“I am very much respected in the village. Now I can afford to satisfy my needs, thanks to the work I’m doing.”

Thank you for making it possible for Seidou, and all of the PFCF music teachers, to continue sharing their wisdom and knowledge with the students. They are living examples for many of these kids, showing them that with education and hard work, the future can be bright. 

Seidou Kone, his wife, and seven children
Seidou Kone, his wife, and seven children
Seidou Kone and Students in Percussion Class
Seidou Kone and Students in Percussion Class



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Playing For Change Foundation

Location: Santa Monica, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Thea Nash
Culver City, CA United States
$14,247 raised of $15,000 goal
187 donations
$753 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. Learn more.
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.