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Hi Mary,

Thank you for your great and insightful questions! In regards to the educational system, the long term goal is to integrate all or part of this project with the educational system, which (as you mentioned) has important benefits for greater awareness, higher level buy-in and sustainability. That said, however in the beginning we are focusing more at the grassroots level within communities to evaluate and refine the program, and to work more directly with those most impacted by the social issues they're facing. Once we have tested, measured and made necessary adjustments we will be in a better position to go to the next level. That is how started with the original concept in Nepal with much success.

As far as the instruments, in the photos (of our program partners, BMAI in Tijuana) most if not all of the instruments were donated. A focus will be on instrument donations and using local materials to create their own instruments. Because of the nature of this particular project it won't be necessary, in the beginning to use a larger number of instruments and that will keep the initial investment of resources manageable.

Let me know if this helps, and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. Thanks so much for reaching out to us and your interest in our work!