“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
In between the many things that have been disrupted, music has lived on. It is one of the universal languages that has continued to spread joy and unite us despite our backgrounds. With this knowledge, a group of youths, Rhea, Neha & Reeyan, have taken initiative to utilize their passion for music in making a difference. Through a music challenge, the trio is urging individuals to share videos of themselves singing or playing a musical instrument on social media in a bid to encourage others to give towards their #MusicBeatsCovid campaign.
Through two organizations, working on the ground, the trio is also spreading positivism through music and ensuring that basic needs are provided to children in Nairobi slums effectively. This is because, in the informal settlements of Mathare, Dandora and Kawangware many families are too under-resourced to bear the lateral effects of the pandemic. Children’s basic needs of food and education are therefore not being met.
With the closure of schools, teachers also don’t have jobs. To bring a solution to the need for education, in partnership with Dignitas, the initiative has made it possible for trained teachers to be community champions who stay in constant contact with the children. By doing this, the teachers ensure that children are encouraged to keep learning. They also play the vital role of monitoring the children’s well being at home.
Previously, the initiative has supported the efforts of Jamii Bora’s founder Ingrid Munro in ensuring that the poorest families in the slums get an opportunity to start a business and climb out of poverty. During this uncertain times however, businesses are constantly suffering losses. To help lessen the burden, the initiative is playing the vital role of assisting Jamii Bora Trust send money to the most desperate families for them to have access to their basic needs.
Won’t you love to join in and ensure a child stays safe and learning? Send your donation to PAY BILL: 891300ACCOUNT NO: HARMONY. To donate via MasterCard, PayPal or Visa, click here. You can also visit the musicbeatscovid page to see some of the musicians who have participated in the challenge and get updates on how your donation is making a difference.
To start your own fundraiser, click on this linkor dial *483*57# .
M-Changa is a Kenyan online and mobile fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional Harambee. To date, over 50,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 650,000 contributors.