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Countdown to Arbor Day 2018: $25 from 25

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  • Started April 1, 2018

    Created by Katie Palmer

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    Daraja Music Initiative

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Countdown to Arbor Day 2018: $25 from 25

Each faculty and staff member has a set a goal to raise $25 from 25 donors in 25 days. Help us celebrate the bridge between music and conservation with a fundraising countdown to Arbor Day, April 27, 2018!

Over the past 7 years, volunteers have traveled to Tanzania to start paving the way for a long lasting free music education program in a country where opportunity is lacking and students are hungry for creative opportunities. Through music, our students are learning valuable leadership and critical thinking skills. Even more, they are empowered by their own creativity and are more invigorated each year. Our mission is to:

Utilize the transformative power of music

to encourage creativity

and the protection of natural resources.

DMI offers a unique educational opportunity to K-12 students by teaching music, conservation, and sustainability while planting African Blackwood trees in one of the least developed countries in the world, Tanzania.

Your donation is critical to making this experience possible, and your contribution is 100% tax-deductible!

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Funds from this campaign will cover the following costs:

  • Conservation field trips for students
  • Mpingo and fruit trees to plant at local schools
  • Food and snacks for youth participants
  • Educational field trips, supplies, and lunches for student
  • Stipends for Tanzanian assistants and interpreters
  • Sponsorship of a photographer to document the project
  • Operational costs

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WHAT DOES MUSIC HAVE TO DO WITH CONSERVATION?

Many orchestral instruments are made from African Blackwood, also known as grenadilla and mpingo. It is Tanzania’s national tree. It is extremely valuable to musicians, the economy, and the environment. Prized for its tone and resiliency, the black heartwood is used in the manufacture of many instruments including: clarinets, oboes, piccolos, violins and guitars, and piano keys.

African Blackwood is a commercially endangered resource.

What does it mean to be a commercially endangered resource? It means that the mature trees have been harvested at a rate faster than the time it takes for seedling trees to reach maturation. The international demand for Blackwood is greater than the resources available.

WHAT DOES DMI DO IN TANZANIA?

In 2010, one teacher traveled to Tanzania with 12 clarinets and the idea to teach both music and conservation. For the first time in history, the product (clarinets) were brought back to the product source (East Africa) and used as a creative interdisciplinary tool. Musical skills where taught and African Blackwood trees were planted.

Since that summer, the program has grown to include strings and general music in a variety of settings from schools to community centers. Students and DMI teachers take part in innovative interdisciplinary performances and tree plantings throughout Tanzania to help connect the African Blackwood tree and instruments to the community – aiming to foster a sincere desire for a sustainable future.

PBS feature: Harvesting Music in Tanzania

Please help us bring educational opportunities to students in the Kilimanjaro region by making a donation today! Please share this with your friends, family, musicians and conservationists.

Thank you for checking out our campaign. Asante sana! ___________________________________________________

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