2013 has been an amazing year for Motherland Rhythm Community Programs. The highlight of our year was our 7 weeks this summer in Guinea, making biosand water filters. Thanks to our committed supporters and Lake Forest College students Jesus Ayala, Jr. and Matt Cunliffe who won the Davis Foundation's Projects for Peace Grant!
The great news we learned from some of our youth we sponsor in school in Guinea is that two of them (a boy and girl) will be entering University to continue their studies! What an accomplishment! We are so proud of them and grateful to their sponsors in the US!
Other activities have included: numerous scholarships to various individuals for workshops and classes; Free Monthly Community Drum Circle Jams; Drum workshops and presentations for Schools at all levels, After School Drumming Programs; Cultural Presentations at parks, schools and community centers.
Thank you so very much to our sponsors and parents who funded these programs. The more we know about the world globally the more connected and harmoniously we live with one another.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming event!
Saturday November 9, 2013 6:30pm (Round Lake Beach, IL)
12th Annual Benkadi Benefit
Performances and snacks
Click here for FLYER Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
An Evening of West African Music
No Cover Charge/Donations Accepted
We're so excited to share with you the video we created of our Benkadi Project Senuyaa Initiative in Guinea this summer. The video is basically our 7 months of work compressed into a 10 minute video. Thank you to everyone who came together with us to work on this project!
Our April 20, 2013 benefit was specifically for our "Senuyaa" Initiative.
(Senuyaa means Purify in the Malinke language)
Our Benefit raised 40% of the funds we used this summer for our project.
We made biosand water filters for families, community centers and clinics this past summer.
Thank you to Jesus Ayala and Matt Cunliffe (who was our intern project manager last year). Jesus and Matt won the Projects for Peace Grant at Lake Forest College offered by the Davis Foundation. This grant helped us kick off our Senuyaa Initiative "Purify" BioSand Water Filter Project and funded 60% of the project this summer.
Information/details contact Helen at 847-543-0708 or helen@MedusadaDrums.com
Our Benkadi Project continues to support communities in Guinea, West Africa. Highlights from this year include; installation of a solar panel in a suburban community outside of Conakry; paying for medical services; and ongoing construction of a youth center.
Thank You So Very Much...
to all of our supporters. If you would like to join our community, contact Helen Bond at helen@MedusaDrums.com 847-543-0708. Donations payable to “Motherland Rhythm Community” are most appreciated.
"...I've had a lot of fun learning the West African Music, but more importantly, I've learned a lot about the culture of West Africa. I am a retired school teacher who always emphasized to my students the value of learning about what life is like in other parts of the world.....I have read any number of books about other nations, but there is no substitute for direct contact with someone from a different culture."
Round Lake Beach, IL
"Helen is a very open, intelligent, and generous person. She believes in making the world a better place and she is doing it a little step at a time. ........Her motivation for all this is not personal gain ...... it is in her nature to believe that we all need each other in order to make this world a better place for all in which to live."
College of Lake County
"I think that Fode's comments sent a very powerful message about the importance of education and embracing other cultures. Many of these children (and adults) had never heard the traditional rhythms of West Africa's Guinea, let alone met anyone from Africa. The two of you definitely got our audience's attention with the drumming and the sharing of instruments."
Superintendent of Cultural Arts
Jack Benny Center for the Arts
Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, IL
"Awesome!!! It's so amazing to see people of all ages, abilities and disabilities with families and alone arriving for these events. Some with their instruments and others with none. Many have never done anything like this before. It's great to see all of these people coming together and having fun as a group!!!"
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
Round Lake Beach, IL
"...Your contribution to this youth leadership program has been a valuable experience. The group has not stopped talking about your skills and the educational information you shared. In addition to the instructional component of the workshop, you raised everyone’s consciousness regarding global oppression and economic disadvantages. The youth were mesmerized by Fodé’s drumming and his kind gentle spirit."
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
"Helen has an amazing ability to work with all ages of kids and to reach them at their own level. The students are all engaged in the traditional West African music that she teaches. At first the students come in and they are a little apprehensive of playing the drums. Helen puts them at ease immediately and the students are playing and enjoying the music within minutes.......The students learn how to express themselves with the drum, work together as a unit to make music, listen and follow directions. Most of these students do not have any musical training and Helen is able to bring them together and make beautiful music."
Prairie Crossing Charter School Teacher