Musicare Continues Their Invaluable Help
Once again we here at Instruments For Africa would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the good people at Musicare. Earlier this week we stopped in to pick up a couple of flutes that Musicare had cleaned and repaired for us only to find that Andrew Abraham and his amazing crew had a surprise for us.
Actually, they had a whole lot of surprises for us.
In addition to making the two flutes look and play like new, Andrew had collected for us an additional five trumpets and three violins, more than two-dozen music stands, a box full of extra mouthpieces and another full of valve oil, tons of band shirts, several boxes of instructional material and more! We packed the truck to the roof.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened, not by a longshot! Once we were picking up a half-dozen trumpets that Musicare had repaired for us and Andrew had nearly ten trombones waiting for us, another time he surprised us with a bunch of French horns. French horns!!!
Musicare has been cleaning and repairing concert band instruments for Instruments For Africa since the very beginning and it’s not an exaggeration to say that we really couldn’t do this without them. Add to that all the instruments and accessories that Andrew and the rest of the crew at Musicare has collected and donated to us over the years and, well, we really can’t thank them enough.
But we sure can can try: Thanks Musicare!
IFA Will Soon Send First Shipment To Ghana
Instruments For Africa is excited to announce that in the coming weeks we will be sending a shipment of instruments to Ghana for the first time and we’re hoping that you can help make this trip even more successful!
Since distributing our last shipment of donated instruments to Zambia we have looked forward to expanding our reach once again. After poring through the hundreds of requests for help we have received and consulting with officials at several embassies we are confident that our next shipment can make an impact on the lives of countless children in schools in and around Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
Our current instrument collection will equip seven schools in Ghana with much-needed musical instruments and instructional materials but we would love to be able to help even more. With your help, we are hoping that a last-minute instrument drive can generate enough donations to allow us to outfit an eighth school, or even a ninth!
Please, if you have a used musical instrument that has fallen out of use would you consider donating it to our cause? While we are pleased to accept virtually any instrument,* at this time we are particularly on the hunt for electric keyboards, electric guitars, saxophones, clarinets, and recorders**. We also have a few violins that are lacking bows, so if you have an extra violin bow or two we could sure use them!
Our shipment will be leaving Ottawa very soon! Instrument donations can be dropped off directly at Metro Music (695 Bank Street/closed on Mondays) or you can click here to arrange for a pick up.
If you can, please help us help Ghanaian children fall in love with music.
*At this time we are unable to accept used harmonicas or acoustic pianos (though we are happy to accept electric keyboards of all types).
**Yes, recorders!!! In addition to being easy to ship, easy to learn and quite durable in virtually any climate, the recorder is surprisingly popular among children and teenagers alike in every African country we’ve visited thus far.