Our first official trip to Kenyatook place in October 2015, during which myself and my duo partner Anna Brigham travelled round the country delivering a number of live participatory music sessions for around 2500 children over the course of 2 weeks.
Patients from Kenya’s Children’s Hospital in Eldoret, October 2015
This included 5 rural primary schools (Kamarin, Iten, Karura, Oakridge, Kolol), a special needs residential school (Mindililwo), 2 orphanages (Pavilion Village and St Pauls Children’s Home) and Kenya’s first children’s hospital in Eldoret.
Teaching the children at Iten Primary School all about the violin.
We also gave one-on-one lessons to the children living at Pavilion Village orphanage while we were staying there, and to some local children in Iten including 16 year old Enock Kirop who said about the lessons:
'It was like a dream come true to be with Anna and Jess and share for a short time. Doing guitar lessons was one of my dreams and it just became successful when I got it from Anna during their trip [with] Music For Kenya. There was a lot more to share while having fun with our percussion. [Since their visit] doing a little of lyrical tunes with my little knowledge I had gained.. to socialise with different children in different places [has been a] fab experience. MUSIC FOR KENYA is changing lives, making dreams come true in a beat.'
MFK musician Anna Brigham giving Iten resident Enock Kirop some guitar tuition while a little crowd gathers! October 2015
The trip as a whole provided us with a fantastic platform to create connections and friendships in Kenya that have enabled us to build strong plans for future projects, and eventually firm foundations into creating a musical legacy that can live on in Kenya, providing many more thousands of children with that life enhancing access to music. Please read about the project that took place in 'January 2017' to see how we have grown, and the 'Future Projects' page for plans for development.