Alongside partners at Panzi Foundation, we’re proud to present the first vlog from our Journey to Scale with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund and financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Our Healing in Harmony music therapy program for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence is reaching new communities throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo. Have a look at the video and find out more about the project.

Panzi Foundation Begins the Journey to Scale from Elrha on Vimeo.

2016 has been an incredible year for Make Music Matter!

Check out the highlights and find out more about what lies ahead in this year’s Annual Report.

Make Music Matter 2016 Annual Report

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Names Panzi’s and Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony Music Program Winner on the “Journey to Scale”

Panzi Foundation in partnership with Canadian NGO Make Music Matter, plans to expand music therapy program for survivors of sexual violence

Winnipeg, Canada (October 18, 2016) – The Panzi US partnership with Make Music Matter, and our colleagues at Panzi Foundation DRC grows stronger every day. The holistic healing model incorporates innovation and medical research with groundbreaking programs, like our “Healing in Harmony” music therapy program. Participants are survivors of sexual violence, abandoned children, vulnerable community members, and Panzi staff. Together, they are are treated as artists, not patients – and they own their music.

Executive Director Naama Haviv said, “We are honored to work with Darcy Ataman, an incredible innovator, and our dedicated and inspiring team in Bukavu. Healing in Harmony, at its core, has potential for transformational change, not just in women’s lives and in communities, but in the broader community of practice. We stand ready to work with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund on our Journey to Scale.”

It continues to be an honor to work alongside Panzi Foundations as we use the healing power of music together to help the survivors of sexual violence and embolden Dr. Mukwege’s holistic healing model.”, said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO, Make Music Matter.

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For more information, please contact:

Darcy Ataman

Founder and CEO

Make Music Matter

204-298-0119

darcy@makemusicmatter.org

The Criminal Father

Listen now to songs from the fourth album by artists at Panzi, entitled ‘The Criminal Father’.

Learn more about our innovative music therapy program at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thank you to our partners at Panzi Hospital and Foundations, to the Humanitarian Innovation Fund for their ongoing support, and a special shout out to students at Metalworks Institute in Mississauga, Canada, for their work on the final mixes.

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21 April 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Darcy Ataman, +1 204-298-0119, darcy@makemusicmatter.org

www.makemusicmatter.org

 

Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital and Foundations, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Named to Time 100 List of Most Influential People in the World

 

(New York, NY) TIME named Panzi Founder, Dr. Denis Mukwege, PhD, to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The girls and women of Congo, and survivors of sexual and gender based violence in every corner of the world, have a champion. Dr. Denis Mukwege is a pioneer of medical and psychosocial healing, integrated with education and vocational training, safe transitional housing, legal assistance, and social, familial, and community reintegration.

His tireless efforts on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in the world inspires, and informs our work with our colleagues at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC.

“Make Music Matter is proud to be a partner with Dr. Mukwege and Panzi Foundations for our innovative Music Therapy Program, implemented with the support of the staff at Maison Dorcas.

While Dr. Mukwege heals survivors physically we are able to work with survivors, vulnerable women, children and Panzi staff to use the healing power of music to recover psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually from traumatic past experiences” says Darcy Ataman, Make Music Matter Founder and CEO.

The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at time.com/time100.

 

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Meet the women of Panzi Hospital taking part in our music therapy program along with special guest Swedish hip hop artist Timbuktu. Thank you to the Swedish PMU for putting together this piece.