1st Term break falls between 8th – 26th April. We plan to carry out our first music class on one of those days. The class will be a basic introduction to music and musical instruments. It will cost between Kshs. 6,000 – 10,000 (roughly 60 – 100 USD) This cost will cover transport to and from the home and the studio, studio time, lunch, a notebook and pen and some items to carry back home. You can help us make this class possible by donating through Mpesa 0796-410372 (Safaricom) or visit our fundraiser page for more options. Meet some of the tutors by clicking here or by visiting the classes tab on the header menu.
On 8th December 2018 the Nairobass team visited Fruitful Talent Center in Kibera. We went to deliver the items we had collected through our program launch a month earlier and also to explain what the music program was and how it would benefit them.
We were welcomed by a lovely lady named Beatrice. She introduced us to Shosho who founded the home back in 2007. After learning about the home we were then introduced to the youth and the kids. The home doesn’t only take care of its own children, it also takes care of children from the neighborhood, keeping them off the streets during holidays and empowering them. The youth and kids of the center performed and amazed us with their dance and acrobatic skills. We soon learned that the reason they are so good at it is the level of commitment they put into it, led by their dance instructor who passionately volunteers his time to teach them. They practice all day, every day of the week during holidays. They are so good, it surprised us to hear that they had never performed at any event. So dedicated is this team that they have a leadership structure complete with disciplinarians (just in case someone acts up) and they even design and create their own dance uniforms.
There was no doubt in mind that God sent our team to this center. It all added up and made overwhelming sense. We left the home that day feeling more motivated than before and committed to our cause. If you would like the dance and acrobatic teams to perform at your event, feel free to contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would really like to provide music instruments to this home especially traditional drums, acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass, a keyboard and wind instrument. This would create opportunities for them to not only dance and do acrobatics but also be able to have their own backing music when they perform. If you would like to support this cause feel free to contact our team through our email: email@example.com
The dance team also requested us to provide t-shirts for their dance crew which we are more than happy to do. Printing 30 t-shirts would cost between Kshs 18,000-24,000 (roughly 180-240 USD) To help make this possible, feel free to donate through Mpesa 0796410372 (Safaricom) or visit our fundraising page for more options.
On 4th November 2018, we launched ‘Share the Love’ program through a charity event titled ‘Feel the Groove, Share the Love.’ The event was held at the Michael Joseph Center with an estimated attendance of 50-60 guests. Our objective through this event was to collect items for donation to three children’s homes which the team had identified. Alongside the event we also run an online fundraiser to collect funds that would support the music program.
We invited musicians from the Nairobass community of bass players to perform at the event. The seven musicians who performed accompanied by their bands were: Amani Byamungu, Augustine Harufu Nzuri, Lelli Mandela, Mike Onyie, Mwenda Inoti, Simon-Peter Murimi and Uledi Dzidze. The awesome team from Swizz Production ensured that we had quality audio gear and equipment for the event. You can watch performances from the event by clicking here
By the end of the event, we were amazed by the amount of items that were dropped. There was enough clothes and shoes to give to all three homes, most of which was still in good condition. God truly answered our prayers. At the end of that month, we managed to raise Kshs. 26,000 through the fundraiser. This was far off our intended target however we were thankful and understood that no amount is too small to make a difference. We used most of this amount to purchase food stuff and other items that were requested by the homes. (All records of how this money was spent including receipts are readily available to those who contributed towards the fundraiser)
Over the months since our team visited two homes: Fruitful Talent Center in Kibera and Dream Children’s Home in Ngong. Attempts to reach the third home were unsuccessful. We decided to focus on the two for the moment as we continue to plan to bring in more homes. You can read about the visits on the next blog.
Thank you to all those who made the launch a success in one way or another. May God bless you abundantly.