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Tanya returns from Hait on 11.5.11.
2011/11/29 22:56:07 (2498 reads)

I have just returned from a very enjoyable and successful 8-day visit -- my first -- to Gonaives, Haiti. While I was there, local volunteers formed a group to found the new “Ecole de Musique Nick Contorno des Gonaïves” (Music School Nick Contorno in Gonaïves, Haiti). The school was named after Dr. Nick Contorno, my band director in high school who has since received many outstanding awards for music and teaching. I cannot imagine a better example for these children.

Up to now I have gathered over 567 instruments and, thanks to the Hansjürg Hess Foundation, over half of them have already been sent to Haiti. During my trip I was able to confirm that the instruments we send over arrive safely and are put to good use. Thanks to Paula Iten from Hand in Hand, the second container with 252 instruments

was released from customs during my visit. So I had the great pleasure of watching the children unpacke 57 cardboard boxes full of instruments! It was so great.

Markus Müller of dynamic video production has helped me put together a short film of my visit. In it, you will see the young musicians welcome me upon my arrival and see them practice diligently during a 2-day music retreat. You will meet their teachers and hear why they invest their precious time voluntarily in this music program. Without schoolbooks or pens, but now armed with music instruments, the children explain why music is so important to them. There was hardly enough food on the table for all the children and much suffering on the streets outside the schoolyard – you will see how important the structure of a school system and the joy of music is in this area of the world.

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