In the slums of Africa, children live with the harsh realities of extreme poverty every day.
They often live with one parent who struggles constantly to find one meal a day and money for school fees. Their homes are small shacks nestled tightly together with no running water, electricity or sanitation services.
They live in neighbourhoods afflicted by high unemployment, and extreme poverty, many around them have turned to alcohol and drug abuse as a way of escaping the pervading sense of hopeless. There are high rates of crime, prostitution and pornography is widely available. In this environment, parents struggle to raise their children. Most people don’t have access to clean water or basic healthcare, which leads to the proliferation of disease.
At school, children are crammed into a single makeshift classroom, often separated by temporary screens – lacking the most basic supplies, such as books, desks, and qualified teachers.
Music for Life is committed to breaking this cycle of poverty by providing mentorship and discipleship to children living in these areas through our outreach programmes.
Each week, groups of talented and committed university students meet these children where they are. Our Music for Life Outreach teams are made up of young adults who once travelled with the African Children’s Choir. They used to live in these slums, and attend such schools, so they understand how difficult daily life can be for these children.
The teams come to the children’s school with a filling snack and spend two hours teaching the children how to express themselves through music. They also teach the children essential health and hygiene practices, spend one-on-one time mentoring them and get involved in their lives, families and communities. Our outreach teams meet children in 14 different locations and reach 550 new children each year across Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
Most importantly, our Music for Life Outreach teams teach the children about the love, grace, and hope of our saviour, Jesus Christ. Their spirits rise and their faith takes hold as they see a glimpse of God’s love.
Adopt a Music for Life Outreach location…
“Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honoured, and they shall not be small.” – Jeremiah 30: 19
This is a unique opportunity for your congregation to engage and band together to provide discipleship, mentorship and support to our young outreach leaders. By adopting a Music for Life outreach location you will become an extension of the Music for Life family in helping some of Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.
Each location can be sponsored for £4,600 per year. Annual sponsorship will include;
– Skype sessions with Music of Life outreach leaders in Africa
– A video to introduce your congregation to your outreach leaders and location
– Videos of the outreach sessions taking place
– Artwork, poems and letters sent from the children at your location to your Church
– A report per term detailing the progress of your location
£4,600 per year provides Music for Life with the finances to pay for;
– Training for your outreach leaders
– Transportation costs
– In field administration
– Weekly snacks for the children attending your location
– Music, arts and crafts materials for the sessions
Plus, allowances for outreach leaders to help them with their expenses while at university.
Adopt a Music for Life outreach location today so your congregation can extend their love, joy and God’s work across the world. Become mentors and a valued support system for our Music for Life outreach leaders as they continue to offer much needed guidance and discipleship to children in some of Uganda’s most deprived areas.
What our Outreach Leaders are saying about the outreach programmes…
“The mentorship programme is powerful because it continues to carry forward the vision of the African Children’s Choir. Now that we have been trained as bearers of hope – we have been given the opportunity to exercise it by also holding the hand of those that follow.”Amanda – Outreach Leader
“Becoming a mentor has enabled me to speak positively into the lives of my younger brothers and sisters. I’ve learnt that when you get an opportunity to speak into someone else’s life, give it your all, because that word of encouragement that you give, could be all someone needs to help turn their life around.”Moriah – Outreach Leader