Healing Through Music
Make Music Matter’s innovative music therapy program was developed through a pilot project in Rwanda in 2009. This unique form of music therapy offers participants the opportunity to discuss the challenges and issues confronting them, their families and the wider community.
--> See how we're healing through music at Panzi Hospital (infographic)
Program participants teach each other by sharing their experiences. After sharing their stories and establishing common ground, they are encouraged to make positive choices about their individual futures and engage in cooperative music-making and performance.
Engagement with others and with their own creativity works as a tool for rehabilitation, therapy and personal development. By working together, participants develop leadership and group work skills, while building self-confidence and a sense of identity.
Music created by participants is also used as a tool for education within the larger community. With the help of local musicians, the songs are professionally recorded, collected, and disseminated back to the local communities through hard copies and over local radio stations as advocacy and prevention tools.
Where We Work
Maison Dorcas, Panzi Hospital - Bukavu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Uyisenga N’Manzi Peace Centre - Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda