Music is a part of our lives. We listen to it to relax, to dance, and play it for fun or for a living. Things said using music sound better.
Playing For Change, using their words is, dedicated to creating positive change through music & arts education. Music and art are excellent tools for expression, especially for people who may not express themselves well in traditional ways. Certainly check out their site and enjoy some of their innovative videos.
The Voice Project uses music to help the women victims of the war in Northern Uganda. In the Voice Project’s own words,
The women of Northern Uganda – widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics let the former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time 24 years the region has a chance at real peace…
Artists do the cover chain episodes to spread the word (one covers another and so on)
We use money from donations, sponsors and advertisers to support programs on the ground which aid in the peace, reconciliation and rebuilding efforts.
Some women use the money to farm, some to buy oxen, and other activities that help the women be self-sustainable.