Lindsey and Nicholas Jarrett, Strings for Uganda

Lindsey and Nicholas Jarrett are music teachers and enthusiasts who first went to Uganda in August 2013. They offered violin classes to children at an orphanage, not expecting a big turnout and 70 students appeared on the first day of class, eager to learn.

They have now  formed Strings for Uganda to provide music education to children at St. Mary Kevin Orphanage in Kajjansi, Uganda, home to approximately 180 orphans. Several of the children have experienced severe trauma through the death of their loved ones, which hinders their ability to express themselves constructively. Strings for Uganda gives children a direct avenue for self expression, and the skills acquired can be utilized in future educational and career goals.

Since 2013, Nicholas and Lindsey have provided violin instruction, instruments and a local Ugandan teacher to 20 children every year, at no cost to the orphanage. There is currently a wait list of over 50 children who are eager to learn the violin, and they hope to be able to expand the program to work with even more children.

To learn more about Strings for Uganda, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

GRANT AWARD DATE: May 17, 2015