“Music calmed my fears.”
Music is a universal language. It is a coping mechanism that can make you feel peace, joy, love, and happiness in a child’s life even in the hardest of times.
“In my life, I have lacked so much love and joy. Growing up, life was difficult because my father abandoned us. I found happiness in singing, and music relieved my heartache.” – Agness
Agness and her siblings would go days without food because her mother could not afford to feed them. Music was her escape from the pain. In 8th grade, she became a student at African Vision of Hope’s most rural school in Chongwe, and at school, she would admire people playing traditional drums and other instruments. This fueled her passion for music.
“Music calmed my fears. When I joined African Vision of Hope School I became part of the choir and school band. It is my dream come true! Through music class, I have learned that there is much more to music than just sound. I love my teacher and it is one of my favorite classes. I play the flute and sing in the choir. I also want to learn to play the piano. I love school because it is not just providing me an education, it is growing my talents. I am also on the Robotics Team and really enjoy math and science class. I want to continue working hard in school so I can help my family and also pay back African Vision of Hope for what they are doing in my life.” – Agness
It is because of your investment that students, like Agness, have access to not only instruments and music class, but also clean water, medical care, nutritious lunches, and are taught about God’s love. You are calming their fears and allowing them to realize their passions and talents.
Below: Have a peek into music class at African Vision of Hope School in Chongwe, Zambia. Behind the teacher, you can see the new classrooms under construction.