Music for Life – Home of the African Children’s Choir
Music and dance have proven to transcend life’s difficulties. The children you may have seen in a Choir concert are full of vibrant energy despite the desolate circumstances they have come from.
To bring a similar experience to children outside the Choir programme, Music for Life partners with community schools throughout Africa to establish Music for Life Centres. The Music for Life Centres offer an after-school programme once a week that includes music and dance, arts and crafts, life skills training, homework help and one-on-one interaction between the children and Centre volunteers.
The knowledge that someone cares, and has the time to listen, has a tremendous impact on the children, not to mention the opportunity to just be kids and forget about their daily struggles for a few hours. The results are tangible as the quiet, shy children transform into enthusiastic, energetic children full of laughter and love. Teachers notice increased confidence, better academic performance and growing leadership skills in the children.
Today Music for Life Centres operate in three countries in Africa. Each centre has approximately 50 children attending each week. Each Music for Life Centre provides a meal or snack as well. For many of the children, this is the only meal they will eat that day.
Find out more about what we are doing in each of these countries by clicking on the links.
Mark Wight Masai Member of Choir 10
Mark Wight Masai was given up by his mother at the age of only 7 months because she became pregnant with him shortly after she was graduated from primary school. The decision was made since ‘she was not ready’ for motherhood. Mark was brought up by a foster mother, a British missionary to Kenya. He lived with his foster mom with another ‘adopted’ brother in a remote part of the country known as Narok until 1992, when their neighbours mentioned the African Children’s Choir. Mark successfully auditioned, was accepted to Choir 10 shortly thereafter, he toured most of the U.S. states from 1993 to 1994 before going back to Kenya and settling into school. With the background, education, and support he received, he was able to enter college. Mark chose to pursue social communication and trained to become a broadcast journalist.
Mark joined the Nation Media Group’s NTV in September of 2008 at 23 and made his debut as one of the youngest prime news TV anchors in Kenya, Mark currently displays confidence, maturity and mannerisms that far supersedes his young age.
The Music for Life has granted me sponsorship in my primary, secondary and college education but not just that! Music for Life is bigger than Family. Since my foster mum retired back to England, I have lived with members of the African Children’s Choir! I don’t live with blood brothers, sisters, a mum or dad but I have the biggest family spread all over Africa! I have the biggest family anyone could ever have!