In 2009, the powerful collaboration of LEAF International and Playing For Change Foundation made the dream of a culture & music center and dormitory for Rwandan street orphans a reality. The Intore Culture & Music Center will provide housing, traditional drumming and performance classes to Rwandan orphans and the community. As a result of the 1994 Genocide and the AIDS epidemic, 70% of the Rwandan population is under 30 and major demographic of orphans are without housing and education.
Intore will provide mentorship and music lessons, instrument instruction and workshops in Traditional Drum Making and Indigenous Music History. Intore will host ticketed performances, music summer camps, cultural exchanges and a computer.
Rwanda's rich music, drumming and dance culture is preserved through mentoring local youth; Street children, through immersion in their cultural music traditions, receive valuable skill development, empowerment, self-esteem, and community connection.