Be careful of culture  because it can be lost

This is the chorus of Umuco (Culture), composed and performed by youth leaders and children in Rwanda.

When war comes, culture is lost. But more: when those who promote and profit from war gain power, culture is attacked and we lose our voices.

The human right to culture (Art. 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) is strongly tied to all other human rights. It is culture that lets us lift our voices, tell our stories, sing our truth.

When war has raged and culture is lost, the bringing back of culture is a radical act of peacebuilding.

Please help us bring back culture for those who are bravely turning from war to life.

In today’s global turmoil of war, injustice and climate disaster, we need to remember to hold on.

As 2017 comes to a close, we ask our supporters around the world to hold on to your hope, to your communities, and to us.

Please help us to continue our work in 2018.


With your help, we will train 15 more Community Music Leaders, and support our team of 30 experienced Community Music Leaders to work with over 1000 children in 2017; former street children; young people facing profound challenges, and children affected by HIV. Through life-affirming music and connection to their cultural roots, children will feel supported and valued as they so richly deserve.

On this 23rd Day of Remembrance in Rwanda we stand with all Rwandans in memorial and for a peaceful future.

A young band from our partner organisation in Rwanda wrote this song, expressing their feelings of the tragic events of 1994.  It begins:

“Although I wasn’t there, I was told about it.
Imagining it is hard for me.
Their tears are flowing and they are full of sadness and my sorrow.”

Listen to the song here.