Musicians without BordersDanny Felsteiner Mekori
Where war has raged, people need everything to return to life: food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine. But more than anything, people need hope.
To reconcile, people need empathy. To heal, people need connection and community. Music creates empathy, builds connection and gives hope. Music crosses ethnic divides and provides neutral space to meet through shared talents and passions. Community music-making is a direct and accessible tool for connecting people and engaging and mobilizing communities. And through the power of music, Musicians without Borders makes a difference.
Musicians without Borders uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.
MwB’s long-term commitment allows their participants the time to develop skills and talents, process grief and loss, and build bridges of reconciliation in societies divided by recent or ongoing conflict. MwB’s professional trainers are specialized in running community music projects with people dealing with trauma, fear and isolation as a result of war and conflict.
Musicians without Borders works closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs. From successful projects MwB develops models, methodologies and trainings to adapt for other regions.
Musicians without Borders is building a global network of musicians and music lovers who support Musicians without Borders work with their time, energy, expertise and financial donations.
Projects & Programs
Mitrovica Rock School – In post-war Kosovo, aspiring young rock stars meet across divides at the Mitrovica Rock School, where it’s all about the music.
Palestine Community Music – Training youth and young professionals to bring music to marginalized children in West Bank refugee camps, villages, schools, hospitals and orphanages.
Rwanda Youth Music – Introducing music therapy, training and community music activities to empower youth and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
From Woman to Woman – Bringing music back into the lives of women survivors in eastern Bosnia’s refugee camps
Tanzania Youth Music – Training youth leaders to use music to address problems of poverty, HIV and gender violence.
Music Bridge – Bridging divides in Northern Ireland with community music training and activities.
MwB New Program:
Recently, Musicians without Borders launched a new program in Uganda. MwB partnered with Keep A Child Alive to deliver a yearlong training program for 30 youth leaders. MwB is training youth leaders to use the power of music to address the effects of HIV in young people. You can read more about this program here.
Other Options for Getting Involved:
On the donation page, there are more opportunities for assisting with Musicians Without Borders. You can donate instruments, and people can contact MwB for any other ideas that they might have. MwB does accept volunteers to teach, or give workshops. It depends on your profile and experience; and of course, there are issues of safety and sensitivity to the program’s participants. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for volunteering.
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