Ankole Western University (AWU) is situated on Kabwohe Hill. Most of the students at the Ankole Western University cannot afford to pay the tuition required in other big universities in the country, but they are given the chance to continue their education here.
The Vessels band (many members of whom are Living Music Foundation trainers) has been invited several times to perform for their functions and church services. In the past, some equipment was bought for this community, however there were no trained people to use them, so they were mishandled and become ruined.
Because of this long term relationship, the Living Music Foundation has taken it up to provide training to some of the current students at the university.
We enjoy the love, the will, and commitment of the students in our classes because they are giving such great effort to learn. They are always willing to work with the limiting amount of resources we have without complaint, so we all make the best out of what we can offer!
Earlier this year, the band went and performed at one of Ankole Western University’s community hours while hosting their Bishop in the service. The staff and students, as well as the leaders, loved the performance and the shared worship which led them to welcoming the LMF team to come back to train the students.
Babrah and Disan Kato went back to the University to make a follow up and to prepare for the training to commence. They met the students and set a weekly training time for every Tuesday evening. The LMF team is very excited to continue to build this relationship and work with the Ankole students in the future!
Reverend Elmonse has been looking for an opportunity to learn more about musical instruments for a long time. He has always hoped to use his own skills to help train the youth in his community, but he has not had an easy time finding instrumentalists. He’s been doing his best using his own guitar to teach youth how to play, but has had a hard time keeping it in playing shape. Luckily, he had some help from a few British visitors in the past, who gifted him guitar strings so he can keep playing and teaching.
Enter Living Music Foundation — just what he has been looking for! Reverend Elmonse is excited for the opportunity to help his students learn so they can play together and create beautiful music through the help of Living Music Foundation’s trainers.
Since being introduced to the Living Music Foundation team, Reverend Elmonse has been vital in mobilizing youth in Biharwe. He has gathered a group of students that are ready and excited to learn, including all of the students pictured above. He has also enrolled himself in guitar lessons, alongside his son Ian, who is having drumming lessons.
We are excited that he has been so willing to be part of the Living Music Foundation efforts, and can’t wait to see our relationship grow!