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„Muzika yacu, Ubuzima bwacu“

[proverb from Rwanda]

News

After an easing of the Covid-19 situation towards the end of 2020, Rwanda went into another lockdown in early 2021. In June, the situation again developed promisingly. Unfortunately, the loosenings were short-lived. Currently, the Covid situation is volatile and strict measures are still in place.

Board trip in October 2021
In October 2021, it became possible for a small team of the Music Road Rwanda board to travel to Kigali. It was very important and groundbreaking to finally be able to meet all the responsible persons of our partner organisation, the Presbyterian Church (Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda, EPR), in person again and to share informations and experiences about the past two years and to look into the future together.

The official registration of the music school in Rwanda can now be tackled together with the EPR, which is an important milestone.
At the same time, the team was able to meet all Rwandan teachers and have personal conversations with them. The focus was on sharing their experiences and activities during this difficult time of the pandemic.

Teachers
Since the end of 2021, our music teachers have been meeting regularly on their own initiative to work together on the topics for the next ABRSM England music theory exam (Level 5). The aim is for as many of them as possible to be able to take the exam before the end of 2022. The ABRSM ("Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music"), based in London, is the world's leading institute for musician examinations and assessments, issuing recognised certificates.
ABRSM is the basis for the teachers training and further education for Music Road Rwanda (alongside the Trinity College programme from London), both instrumentally and in music theory.

Great support for the music school in 2022

Dominik Brühwiler (team member of Music Road Rwanda and assistant to the music school management) will spend a year in Kigali to support the music school on site. His stay is planned for March 2022 to March 2023. This is extremely promising. We are firmly convinced that the music school will benefit enormously, both in the mana-gement area and musically.
Dominik Brühwiler is in the process of setting up his own fundraising circle to cover his costs.

Critical financial situation and donations
The corona pandemic has made it impossible for us to organise benefit concerts in the past two years. As a result, our flow of donations has also plummeted and the financial situation is critical. Therefore, we are urgently dependent on every single donation.
Especially the purchase of new instruments and the monthly salary payments to our teachers are a great financial challenge. A word about the salary payments: We have paid a minimum wage during the various lockdown periods to meet the financial hardship of our teachers suddenly found themselves in. This was very much appreciated.

We therefore sincerely thank you for every donation made and renewed to help us overcome this current financial hurdle.

Concerts

In Rwanda, there was still no classical chamber music concert cultur in public. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute in Kigali, we gave two public concerts, both of which were enthusiastically received. One performance took place in the Hotel Serena, the other in the Goethe-Institute’s own auditorium. We plan to continue our cooperation with the Goethe-Institute to give further performances.

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How you can support us:

In addition to the urgent financial help we need, you can also actively participate:
• You can even organize charity concerts for "Music Road Rwanda"
• You can send us instruments, sheet music, strings, tuners, metronomes, etc. that you no longer need
• If you are a musician, you can share with us or friends to teach locally in Kigali
• Or if you tell your friends about us colleagues!

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