Q4. Wow! Who is taking part in this opportunity?
Answer: So our 4 Music and Life-Skills Teachers taking part are Mouris, Julius, Tonny and Micheal. The two children taking part are Eva and Chemmy.
Eva comes from the Ssese Islands – a remote island in Lake Victoria (Uganda). Before joining Brass for Africa she had never travelled or left the Island. Chemmy is from Kawempe, one of Kampala’s impoverished informal settlements. For both of them, it will be their first-time leaving Uganda and travelling on a plane.
So, the experience is very rewarding, and that is what we are all about as Brass for Africa! We believe in the power of music to transform lives, and to empower individuals to pursue their passion for music.
Q5. What does this partnership mean to Brass for Africa’s future plans?
Answer: Well, as an organisation that is creating brighter futures, we create opportunities for just under 2000 children and young people across Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia. This includes children from orphanages, rehabilitation centres, juvenile detention centres, hospitals and so-forth.
One of the four key-pillars of Brass for Africa’s Strategy is ‘Workforce Readiness’. Our partnership with AIM allows us, as an organisation, to learn from others, and it opens our eyes to opportunities that exist.
And so, the way I see this partnership working is that it starts with the group of four, who will gain skills, develop knowledge and whose mindsets will change. We know that those 4 will then influence and support their students and their peers, and those will then influence thousands of beneficiaries that we work with. And so the impact goes on.
We are very proud of this partnership with AIM and the Hilti Foundation, and we’re looking forward to seeing what our teachers and beneficiaries will learn, experience and share. This exposure will be a huge benefit not only for our young leaders taking part but also for their community at large, who will be able to learn and grow.
“We are very excited about this tour because we are going to make new friends, learn new music and see the Atlantic Ocean which we have never gotten a chance to see physically. Thank you, Brass for Africa & AIM for this opportunity!” said Chemmy and Eva.
Author: Aisha Nassaazi. Aisha is one of the beneficiaries of our partnership with GLONEVA – a locally-led organisation based in the informal settlement of Namuwongo, Kampala. She is also a member of the Brass for Africa All-Stars Band and is currently a student at the African Institute of Music. During her summer break, Aisha is supporting Brass for Africa in collecting stories from the field and writing articles to share with our global audience!