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


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.



21 April 2016

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Contact: Darcy Ataman, +1 204-298-0119,


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


Follow us on Twitter @mmm_org and on Facebook at: using #PanziStrong and #FemmeForte and @TIME for updates about the list on Twitter, and Instagram using #TIME100


Make Music Matter is hosting Right Her Future: an evening of dialogue and music on March 27 to raise funds for the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Make Music Matter is honoured to invite you to an evening featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege, LGen (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Samantha and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. Musical performance by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo.

Make Music Matter would like to thank the following sponsors for making it possible for Manitobans to stand with the women of the Panzi Hospital:




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In the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), repeated cycles of conflict have contributed to its unfortunate notoriety of being branded as the worst place in the world to be a woman. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Panzi Hospital is a beacon of hope and refuge for survivors of sexual gender-based violence. The international community has awarded Dr. Mukwege numerous accolades for his work as well as multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now it is time for Manitobans to stand with the women of Panzi Hospital in their struggle for dignity and healing.

For the first time ever, March 27, 2014, the founder of the Panzi Hospital Dr. Denis Mukwege will be in Winnipeg for this special evening of dialogue and music, which features an impressive line-up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guest performer Jim Cuddy. Sum 41‘s Cone McCaslin, Billy Talent‘s Ian D’Sa and local Congolese performers will also be featured.

Tickets are available at or call 1-855-985-5000

Winnipeg, MB – March 3, 2014 – Make Music Matter Inc. today confirmed two new guest performers for the “Right Her Future – Manitobans Standing with the Women of Panzi Hospital” fundraising event, which will take place at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on March 27th, 2014.

In addition to featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege from Panzi Hospital, retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire from the Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr. Samantha Nutt founder of War Child North America, Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent and Cone McCaslin of Sum 41 will be joining Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy onstage for a special guest appearance during his musical set.

This special evening of dialogue and music features an impressive line up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guests, including local Congolese performers and will be raising funds for the victims of extreme sexual violence at Panzi Hospital, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The ‘Right Her Future’ event starts at 8 p.m. on March 27th, 2014. Ticket information available at Ticketmaster or call 1‐855‐985‐5000.


For more information or interviews, contact:

Joëlle Saltel

Au Courant Consultants

(204) 282-­‐2747


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Featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege from Panzi Hospital, retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire from the Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr. Samantha Nutt founder of War Child North America and performance by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy

Winnipeg, MB – Make Music Matter Inc. and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy today announced tickets will be going on sale tomorrow for the “Right Her Future – Manitobans Standing with the Women of Panzi Hospital” fundraising event, which will take place at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on March 27th, 2014.

For the first time ever, the founder of the Panzi Hospital Dr. Denis Mukwege will be in Winnipeg for this special evening of dialogue and music, which features an impressive line-up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guest performer Jim Cuddy. Local Congolese performers will also be featured.

“I believe that it is important to honour Dr. Mukwege and the women he cares for by showing support for the fundraising concert ‘Right Her Future’,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Honourary Chair of fundraising efforts. “I would also like to thank other generous donors, such as CUPE, who have been instrumental in supporting this worthy cause.”

“CUPE is proud to have supported Dr. Mukwege’s Panzi Hospital by presenting the ‘Right Her Future’ initiative with a $10,000 donation,” announced Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “CUPE members have given us a strong mandate to raise awareness of violence against women, here and around the world. We all have a role to play to ensure safety and equality for all.”

Since the Panzi Hospital opened its doors in 1999, thousands of victims of extreme sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been given a chance to heal in safety.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Panzi Hospital and will not only aid the women to return to their normal lives but in-turn help the entire country itself stabilize and grow.

The ‘Right Her Future’ event starts at 8 p.m. Ticket information available at Ticketmaster.


For more information or interviews, contact:

Joëlle Saltel – Au Courant Consultants or (204) 282-2747



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En vedette : Dr Denis Mukwege de Panzi Hospital, Roméo Dallaire, général de corps d’armée retraité de Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr Samantha Nutt, fondatrice de War Child North America ainsi que Jim Cuddy de Blue Rodeo en spectacle

Winnipeg (MB) – Make Music Matter Inc. et Dr Lloyd Axworthy ont annoncé aujourd’hui que la vente de billets pour l’événement ‘Une voie pour leur avenir – Les manitobains aux côtés des femmes de l’Hôpital de Panzi’ seront en vente dès demain. La soirée collecte de fonds aura lieu au Pantages Playhouse Theatre le 27 mars 2014.

Dr Denis Mukwege, fondateur de l’Hôpital de Panzi, sera à Winnipeg pour la première fois pour participer à cette soirée spéciale de dialogue et de musique qui met en vedette une brochette impressionnante d’humanitaristes, de dignitaires ainsi que l’artiste invité spécial Jim Cuddy. Des artistes Congolais locaux participeront également.

« Je trouve qu’il est important de mettre Dr Mukwege à l’honneur ainsi que les femmes qu’il soigne en démontrant de l’appui pour le concert collecte de fonds ‘Une voie pour leur avenir’, » a dit Dr Lloyd Axworthy, Président honoraire des efforts de la collecte de fonds. « J’aimerais également remercier nos donateurs généreux, tels que SCFP, qui ont joué un rôle important en démontrant leur appui pour cette cause méritante. »

« SCFP est fier d’avoir pu appuyer l’Hôpital de Panzi du Dr Mukwege en lui présentant un don de 10 000$ pour l’initiative ‘Right Her Future’, » a annoncé Paul Moist, le Président national du Syndical canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP). « Les membres du SCFP nous ont donné un mandat for pour élever la sensibilité par rapport à la violence contre les femmes, ici et partout dans le monde. Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour atteindre la sécurité et l’égalité pour tous. »

Depuis que l’Hôpital de Panzi a ouvert ses portes en 1999, des milliers de victimes de violence sexuelle extrême de la République démocratique du Congo de l’Est ont eu la chance de pouvoir guérir en toute sécurité.

Tous les fonds recueillis lors de l’événement seront offerts à l’Hôpital de Panzi non seulement pour aider les femmes à pouvoir retourner à leurs vies normales mais aussi pour aider au pays entier à pouvoir se stabiliser et grandir.

L’événement ‘Une voie pour leur avenir’ débute à 20h. Pour de l’information sur les billets, contacter Ticketmaster.


Pour plus d’informations ou des entrevues, contacter :

Joëlle Saltel – Au Courant Consultants ou (204) 282-2747


By Jaime Cundy

Few people in this world would give up their own personal freedom and safety in order to help others. Fewer people would be able to do so in a country that is riddled with civil war and corruption. Fewer still would be able to do so with a smile, and a belief that things can and will get better.

Dr. Denis Mukwege does just that, each and every day at the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


The DRC is a country located in central Africa. It has been in a state of conflict since the second Congo war began in early 1998. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting has continued, particularly in the east of the country. This war has been declared one of the world’s deadliest, with over 5.4 million people killed since 1998.

The fighting continues to this day, and is generally focused around the right to control the country’s vast mineral wealth. Despite having one of the lowest GDPs in the world, in terms of mineral wealth, the DRC is considered to be one of the world’s richest countries; it has approximately $24 trillion (USD) in untapped resources. Resources worth killing over. Most notably, the DRC has a rich supply of the mineral coltan (70% of the world’s supply), a mineral highly valued for use in the high-tech cell phone and computer industry.

The conflict in the DRC has resulted in the country being called ‘the worst place in the world to be a woman’. This is largely due to the high rates of sexually based violence and sexual assault being used as a weapon of war.


Panzi Hospital and its director Dr. Denis Mukwege have been operating on survivors of sexual violence for over a decade. One of only two doctors in the world who are qualified to perform the delicate reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mukwege has personally performed hundreds of thousands surgeries. For his work, and for his refusal to stay silent on the issue, Dr. Mukwege has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded the 2008 UN Human Rights Award.

The hospital is operating at full capacity and its borders continuously have to evolve. Once the women who are at the hospital are physically well, they often have no place to go. They are displaced and ostracized from their home communities… And so they stay at the hospital. To add to the already soul-crushing reality, many of these women become pregnant from the assault and these children also have no community to return to and live at the hospital.


Despite the media attention and celebrity focus it has received over the past few years, Panzi Hospital is still facing a shortage of money, supplies, and resources to expand its base of qualified personnel.

Make Music Matter is in the process of setting up an innovative Music Enrichment Program as part of Panzi’s aftercare facility. After Dr. Mukwege has restitched them physically, Make Music Matter works to use music to restitch their souls.

While the story of the DRC and Panzi Hospital may on the surface appear to be all doom and gloom, there is another story that is just as prevalent. The women of Panzi are some of the most resilient, most hopeful people on the planet.  They want the world to know that they are not defined by what has happened to them, they are defined by their ability to come back from it.

Make Music Matter and Panzi Foundation USA have come together in support of Panzi Hospital for a night of music and inspiration. Dr. Mukwege will be speaking in Winnipeg for the first time at an event chaired by Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, on March 27, 2014. Details to come. Click here to read the press release.

Graffiti Art Programming is also partnering with Make Music Matter and Panzi Foundation USA by sponsoring an art exhibit that will be open from March 10th to April 10, 2014 at Graffiti Art Programming, 109 Higgins Ave, Winnipeg.