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Thread #69011   Message #1166847
Posted By: GUEST,Sam Pirt
21-Apr-04 - 03:15 AM
Thread Name: Need an Accordion for Kenya
Subject: Need an Accordion for Kenya
Hi All Catters

This an important appeal for an accordion for me to take over to Kenya in Africa. I took and accordion over in December last year where I taught it to locals and left it there. I am going again this September and I need another to take over an leave. The accordion does not need to be new it can be an oldish one as long as it play a tune or two!!

Music is such a good tool over there to lift spirts and give people pride in their culture. When I visit as well as teaching the accordion I am going to be learning the tribes traditional music, song, dance and customs.

I am going over with the charity SENGWER AID

SENGWER AID is a Registered Charity which aims to help the Sengwer Tribe of Kenya to help themselves.

SENGWER AID was formed after my mum's chance meeting with the tribe in August 2002. She was impressed with their efforts to make the most of the very little that they had; every day they battle with great hardships. The Sengwer are bright and hardworking people but they were turned out of their lands by White Settlers in the 1930's. Since then they have suffered much oppression and have struggled to survive. No-one has every helped them before. Because my mum made such good friends with them she has continued to help them; in January 2004 she set up Sengwer Aid to make sure that every single penny that she raises goes direct to help families who are living in real poverty. The Sengwer are now becoming stronger and fighting to retain their precious culture and way of life.   

I visited the tribe in December 2002 / January 2003 and was given such a warm welcome. Please help us to help them!

The accordion does not need to be new as long as I can get a tune out of it!!!

Thakyou for your help and support, Sam