Building the School of Music, Dance and Education in Guinea, West Africa is the Foundation’s primary initiative. The popularity of West African music and its influence on the western world has offered many African musicians and dancers an amazing opportunity to move and teach abroad. Unfortunately, this has created a situation where many of Guinea’s finest teachers leave Guinea permanently, taking with them the history, roots, and foundations of this important part of their culture. The school will provide education opportunities, sustainable employment and access to information and resources that would otherwise be unavailable. Not only will the school scholarship Guinean Youth but, will also host international students for intensive study and cross-cultural exchange.
The vision of this school is to create a place where master drummers and
dancers can support their families without having to leave Guinea, keeping
the knowledge of the traditional music and dance alive and thriving for generations to come. The school will provide the opportunity for work, the chance to study, and a space for local educators to teach. It is our hope the school will provide a consistent way for international students to travel to, experience, and study the rich culture of West Africa. Most importantly, the school can provide scholarships and education opportunities to the youth of Guinea.
The school will be a source for education, language studies, arts, music, and dance. It will be a place to raise cultural awareness, initiate dialogue, and focus on African heritage and history. Currently any long-term schools or opportunities like this do not exist in Guinea. A future hope for the school is to double as a community center, providing a space to host community workshops on health care, AIDS awareness and prevention, sustainable living and smart environmental development practices. That is what your generous support will help create, a safe place; a school where youth of Guinea are being fed and educated in a sustainable and supportive environment.
The impact of the School in Guinea is huge. Crops will be grown on site providing food and nourishment for the attendees as well as providing opportunities for surrounding villagers. In addition, the youth of Guinea have begun to lose the knowledge of their traditional music and dance. The school will serve as a living library of these traditions, giving the opportunity for Guinean Artists to pass down this ancestral knowledge. Not only will the School give Artists and Educators a place to teach, reside, and support their families, but will be a long term source of livelihood and valuable education for the youth and surrounding communities.
The School has four major focuses: Food & Agriculture, Technology, Language, and Traditional Dance, Music and History. The school will start small with five resident teachers and 20 sponsored students from Guinea each year. In addition there will be an outreach program that trains educators and teachers from Guinea, so that they can take the skills and information learned and share it with their villages and towns. In this way we create a ripple effect that can spread to other communities, reaching beyond our faculty and student body. The School will be sustained by the annual tuition received from international students and on-going agricultural endeavors.
We will use recycling, upcycling and alternative building methods; using materials such as tires and plastic bottles, therefore cleaning up surrounding areas as the school is implemented. The intention of the Kissidugu School is to be a model of what is possible for other Guinean communities in the realms of sustainability.
Join Fara Tolno in building the Kissidugu School of Dance Music and Education in Guinea West Africa!
Waves For Water
Have you heard about our clean water for Guinea mission? We had such great success this last trip bringing 16 families in Guinea clean water filters from Waves For Water. We so look forward to bringing even more water filters on our January 2015 trip.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CLEAN WATER MISSION at WAVES FOR WATER, and DONATE a filter today! REMEMBER, each filter will clean 1,000,000 gallons of water!! Only $50 per filter!
Ways You Can Help
Please know that a little goes a long way! Your five dollars WILL make a difference.
You can also give in kind donations such as medicine/first aid, clothing, flashlights (solar/shakelights) and headlamps for the upcoming trip to Guinea.
AND your skills and knowledge are valuable, if you would like to volunteer for the project, join us in Guinea, or help the Foundation in anyway, please let us know.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information about the school
Donations are appreciated and can be sent to:
P.O. Box 20894
Boulder, CO 80308
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