Kissidugu School in Guinea

Building the School of Music, Dance and Education in Guinea, West Africa is the Foundation’s primary initiative. It is a long term vision that begins by providing clean water, health care and a community center. (Please see “Phase One” below)

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

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.


IMG_0085In 2014 land was acquired in the village of Bel-Air, and construction of the first building commenced. The project has been endorsed and embraced by the community. The initial phase of the Kissidugu vision is built on four pillars: WATER, FOOD, HEALTH CARE & CULTURE.  This phase is currently under way and we are actively fundraising. We need a total of $87,000 to complete this phase. We have received donations, have finished the first health building and currently need $50,000 to finish the second building, provide clean water filtration and catchment systems and build the initial community center building. We would LOVE your help!   If you would like to see our full proposal including timelines, executive summary and budgets, please email us at

kidsbrochurefrontWe are returning to Guinea in January 2016 and will be taking medicine, water filters, lights; and God willing, we will finish Phase One!!!  Please consider donating today, a little goes a long way!!! (all donations are tax-deductible)


Below: Beginning of the first student housing structure being built, this building will serve as the health facility to start.

building half builtThe building in process as of July 2015:

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 first building roofed 2015

The first building roofed and almost at completion. August 2015


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Experience first hand Guinea, West Africa with Fara Tolno, and by doing so, support the Kissidugu Vision.  Next trip is January 7th- January 31st, 2016.

Learn more about Fara’s upcoming trip to Guinea

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Ways You Can Help

Please know that a little goes a long way! Your five dollars WILL make a difference.

MAKE A DIRECT DONATION TODAY!!  All monies go directly to Guinea and the completion of Phase One.

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 for questions or more information about the school

Donations are appreciated and can be sent to:

Kissidugu School
P.O. Box 20894
Boulder, CO 80308

or donate online:



How We Got Here

March 2014


August 2013