Drums for Kids with Rhythm
Organized by: Marilyn Young
On my last trip to South Africa I had the privilege of meeting Tshepo, a young married man that lives in Diepsloot, South Africa. It is difficult to find work in South Africa so he relies on others to help with the program. Here is his story: Every day we help many children across townships in South Africa escape from abuse, poverty and social problems. We provide workshops with music and dance as a form of therapy and support. We have an afternoon care program running for 40 children daily, Monday to Saturday. We prepare lunches for them everyday which costs us about $500/month. We also have a program at a few shelters providing safety for abused children where we do drumming sessions with the children as a form of therapy on weekends. Our main cost is the transportation of drums and other equipment to and from each shelter which currently costs $500/month. If we can raise enough for a 'bakkie' (pick up truck) then it would be a great investment. A good truck would cost $4500. We also need to purchase additional instruments as the project grows in size. We currently need 15 drums for our 2016 project which cost $100 each. For our year budget we need to raise $12k to keep the project running for 2016. Thank you for your support!