Peace Through Music Kosovo
In Kosovo Since 1999
Since 1999, SMF has offered weekly music classes in Gjakovë-area elementary and junior high schools. Classes are held weekly during the school year and twice weekly during the summer. Our students regularly perform in area festivals and concerts and are becoming very fine singers and musicians. A group of these students were invited to the USA in July 2004 and August 2006, and performed concerts throughout the Midwest. Many program graduates are now Youth Teacher Volunteers.
Classes offered include the following:
Transit Shelter Camp Music Classes
The Transit Shelter Camps (for families without homes after the war) in Gjakove have now all closed, but the children born and raised there continue to be affected by their many years in the camps. Our work with these children best represents our basic mission: to offer war-impacted children opportunities for play, creativity, learning, self-expression, and relief from hardship. SMF offers weekly classes in the following:
Youth-Teacher Volunteer Program
SMF is based on the premise that a sustainable, locally-run program is in the best interests of war-affected communities. Training local volunteers also allows us to teach more children in more locations. Through Our Youth-Teacher Volunteer Program, senior volunteers lead bi-weekly training sessions in:
SMF provides music classes to children living in villages throughout the Gjakove region. These villages include Hereq, Dujake, Koronic, Gramacel, Sheramet, Dol, and many others. Classes include:
SMF provides music classes to children living in ethnic minority Roma communities. These children have extremely limited access to programs outside of their communities. In 2006, SMF hosted the first (and only) combined Albanian/Roma children’s concert, and we hope to host many more in the future. Classes include:
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Peace Through Music Kosovo
The war in Kosovo ended in 1999, but the affects of this war --Poverty, Intolerance, Segregation, Racism--are experienced every day, especially by children raised in camps and those living in minority communities. SMF is working with the children and teenagers of Kosovo to develop self esteem, tolerance, and a love of peace through music.
Peace Through Music Uganda
Northern Uganda is recovering from a brutal civil war in which 20,000-200,000 children were abducted and forced to become child soldiers. Over 1 million people were forced to live in IDP camps, where they experienced malnutrition and extreme poverty. Many people continue to live in these camps even though they are closed. SMF is working with children, teenagers, and young adults who were child soldiers as well as children born while their mothers were abducted, building tolerance, peace, and especially self worth through music.
Peace Through Music Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland continues to be 95% segregated between Catholics and Protestants. Bombs explode or are discovered weekly, and riots take place monthly. Murals of men wearing balaclavas and holding guns are on homes and businesses everywhere. Children and adults alike suffer from low self esteem as they experience anger and violence daily. SMF is working to bring children together from both sides of the community, forming life-long and life-changing relationships through music.
Syrian Refugee Crisis
The war in Syria is at the root of the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Children are being both targeted and recruited, and families have left Syria by the millions. SMF is building a program not just for Syrian refugees. but also Kurdish, Afghan and Yazidi children and teenagers-- all in Greek refugee camps. The program is providing structure and much-needed opportunities for acheivment and self expression.