We are excited to confirm that music therapist, Una McInerney and trainee music therapist Isabel Bedford will be visiting Rwanda later on this month to build upon and evaluate a project that we launched there last year. They will visit 6 centres who received training last September. Our Local Partners in Cyangugu who have been using music for over 5 years delivered this training and we hope to develop their role as trainers.
Overview of this project
In 2010 we delivered training in two residential centres for children and young adults with disabilities in the Rusizi district. We trained Local Staff to introduce therapeutic music programmes into both centres and we have supported them ever since as they have required morale support, professional guidance and additional training.
These staff are now confident in their work and have become trainers in order to share their skills with others locally through an exchange project piloted in 2015: 6 local staff from across the country visited our Local Partners in Rusizi to be skilled and equipped to set up music programmes in their different care settings for people with disabilities.
Una and Isabel will now continue to develop this work by visiting all 6 centre to support them in developing their music programmes as well to evaluate this pilot scheme. They will also support the trainers to develop their skills. Depending on the outcome of their trip there is potential for a further 6 centres to visit Local Partners in Rusizi and receive this same training.