Thrive: A Music Wellness Program

Please join the African Millennium Foundation (AMF) in building a music program for Reencontro, a local NGO in Mozambique where children orphaned by AIDS can regain hope for their futures. Reencontro provides for the needs of these forgotten children with a holistic approach, by addressing not only their physical needs, but also their psycho-social, medical, and educational needs.

The Mission
The goal of Thrive is to use music and its profound efficacy to create an outlet for Mozambican youth to foster creativity and expression, practice positive coping skills, experience unity and harmony, and discover the rich depths of their potential.

The Program
Through donations from organizations and individuals like you, we will be able to provide the youth at Reencontro with instruments to keep, as well as create a structured program where they can consistently be united by common goals pertaining to music. Implementing Thrive will make the following possible at Reencontro:
-provide instruments and focused lessons to students
-create a choir for students to be united through voice
-facilitate groups in song-writing and drumming
-foster expression through workshops combining music + art + movement
-use music for holistic wellbeing: music for relaxation and meditation

The Leadership
-Marissa Phillips is an artist and musician whose work emphasizes the creative evolution of the artistic process. She is currently in her senior year, studying Music Therapy at California State University, Northridge with a desire to use the mediums of music and art to aid individuals in pursuing their personal growth and realizing their potential. Through her work with various populations over the past 3 years, Marissa has come to believe in the unique power of music to restore and discover, and she seeks to bring this to the youth in Mozambique through Thrive.
-Christina Gonzalez is a musician and full time Music Therapy student at California State University, Northridge. With over 15 years of musical experience, along with extensive volunteer work with many different populations, she wishes to bring the gift of music to the youth in Mozambique through Thrive. Since music has been such a positive aspect in her life, she wishes to share that experience with the children and looks forward to furthering her work through the power of music.

Thrive is becoming a reality through the dedication of committed friends and institutions.

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