Music is everything to M-Lisada children. It attracts, rescues, and nurtures them. Music instills discipline and promotes teamwork, giving our children something to belong to. Almost all take part in the performing programs—the Brass Band, Jazz Band, Cultural Dance, Drama, and Acrobatics. Not only does the learning of these skills reawaken their self-esteem, but also many of the children reach an astonishing level of proficiency. Several of our children sit for and pass the annual prestigious Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) exams.

Our music programs touch everything we do. When our band marches in the roads, going to nearby venues, crowds of children follow them. Sometimes street children see our obvious joy, and ask to join M-Lisada—our answer is most often yes.

Our youth teach music to others, notably at The Good Shepherd Home for disabled children, and at Kampiringisa Rehabilitation Center. M-Lisada earns money by repairing instruments for musicians, schools, the police, and the military. We foster good relationships with the community by presenting free concerts. Music makes us special and whole. If you would like to donate instruments or volunteer your time to teach music, please write to Rochelle Zabarkes.

Several of our children prefer to take part in exciting but heart-stopping acrobatic feats, and perform frequently at M-Lisada music concerts.

Another exhilarating activity is cultural dance and drumming. Bright costumes, authentic, perfectly executed dances, and rhythmic music conspire to have the audience dancing in their seats. It’s quite a spectacle—be sure to see our residents perform if you are visiting.