Strings for Uganda is a project that is dedicated to providing sustainable music education to children at St. Mary Kevin Orphanage in Kajjansi, Uganda. To date, we have provided violin instruction, instruments and a local Ugandan teacher to 20 children each year since 2013 at no cost to the orphanage. Since the project began, founders Nicholas and Lindsey Jarrett have paid out of their own pockets, and with the help of friends and family to support the violin program. There is currently a waitlist of over 50 children who are eager to learn the violin.
St. Mary Kevin is a charity organization helping the poor, neglected, orphaned and the needy children of Uganda to achieve their academic goals. It is one of the oldest charities in Uganda that was started in 1986 by Mr. and Mrs. Kavulu Rosemary as a purely private school. Later due to the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS epidemic and the war in the north, they became a home for the vulnerable children. Providing children in secondary and vocational schools and those in higher institutions of learning sponsored to fulfill their academic goals with shelter, food and education.
The home which had a humble beginning in 1986 was later registered as an NGO in 1997.
We currently have a strong partnership with Kampala Music School in Kampala, Uganda. They have been with us since the summer of 2013 and help provide funding to 10 students that we do not have current funding for and we pay them for the violin teacher and violin rentals. We also currently have a strong partnership with a Kansas City, MO non-profit, Change the Truth. They introduced us to the orphanage, currently provide a staff member in Uganda as our liaison and overall, believe in our mission. In 2015 we also received a grant for $1,000 to cover violin rentals and lessons for 5 students, a tablet and an internet card for the program to use during lessons and practice.