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Multicultural Kids Network commented on Bantu Healing

Peace be unto you Ashley,
Yes indeed, we intend to work with two communities in Africa. One out of Kenya through a Toastmaster International Chapter nonprofit organization from Minnesota which , that is already working with three communities in Kenya, we partnered in raise awareness about the endless opportunities to engage in social services activities to empower our challenged children overcome their disability in Africa. The plan in Kenya will be to train community members and parents about various tools that could be used as an alternative therapy grounded in their existing cultural believe all in hope to provide a safe and productive environment to the challenged children. On the other end we are in partnership with an orphanage in Rwanda through a child orphanage with Pastor Leonidas from the Leonidas orphanage in which we already sealed a relation with to assist the disable children there and the challenge will empower it and take it to the productive level. The goal is to create programs that are modeled from the Minnesota based approach of caring for children with disability and create career the Africans will pursue in Africa. We will be implementing a series of approach to care with facilitated group drumming and other cultural therapy to sustain the programs for the children. A series of training and coaching will also be implemented to gear the adults with knowledge of how to help the children gain social services that would help maximize their resiliency. Basically all we are currently doing in Minnesota for the children will be replicating in both countries if the funding is allocated to Multicultural Kids Network. We will partner with Fatime Falls Initiative a nonprofit organization from Minnesota formed especially for disabled children in third world countries in Africa and the India and is already present in Senegal and looking to expand to other countries all over African as a model for social services for the disables families. Fatime Falls Initiative will be a strong African revelation of the power of social services in empowering our challenged children in Kenya and Rwanda. This entire program is planned to take about two and half years, with a six month feedback gathering without any US intervention in tern of facilitation the programs.
This is what our collaborator at the University of Minnesota is saying:
I am writing to express my support for the collaboration of Bantu Healing Circle with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital/Fairview (UMMCH). As Lead Music Therapist and member of the Pediatric Integrative Health and Well-Being Team at UMMCH, part of my role is to give our patients and families opportunities to support their own physical, emotional, and spiritual health through engagement with music. I am aware of the clinical research demonstrating the therapeutic benefits of music, and have included relevant research abstracts attached to this letter. In my work, I provide individualized assessment and music therapy treatment to patients and families, and I witness first-hand every day the power of music to help people connect with each other, with their own inner resources, and with that which brings them strength and comfort. However, I believe there are possibilities outside of clinical music therapy for patients and families to benefit from music, and I believe Bantu Healing Circle is one of these possibilities that would address unmet needs in our patient population. This project offers a valuable opportunity for our patients and families to engage in a community-based, adaptable, and culturally rooted healing experience.
Multicultural Kids Network through the Bantu Healing Circle offers a unique opportunity for culturally relevant healing experience. While we music therapists do our best to meet the individualized needs of our diverse patient population, our training and background is largely based in European traditions, and most of us are not familiar with the nuances and complexities of ancient music healing traditions such as African healing drum circles. As a Senegalese immigrant and father of a child with disabilities, Mr. Fall brings an understanding based in lived experience that is uniquely relevant to our immigrant patients and families. By incorporating education about African culture and using drums made in West Africa, Bantu Healing Circle provides an opportunity for a healing process that is authentically rooted in its culture.
Thank you for considering Multicultural Kids Network through the Bantu Healing Circle for a grant to collaborate with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. We look forward to making this valuable service available our patients and families.
Lisa Skarbakka, MME, MT-BC
Lead Music Therapist, Masonic Professional Services University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital/Fairview M107 2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 365-6707


Multicultural Kids Network commented on Global Bantu Healing

Peace unto you Kate,
Thank you so very much for pushing me to work more on expressing my idea more clearly. I have added the information you suggested and thank you for that.
Please feel free to advise me if you see more areas that need attention.

Thank you for the support.


Multicultural Kids Network commented on Global Bantu Healing

Thank you for you support Ashley! In the next 1-2 years we would like to maximize our collaboration with many more African/African American to educate them about Trauma anyhow it is detrimental to the health and peace and how it is affecting their productivity on a global scale now that the work is big global community with a free marketplace. We would like to get black youth and adults more engage in the global resolution for peace building and growth of socio-economic statuses globally.