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I'll be working with young people in Kampala, Uganda, arranging and recording an album of their original songs.

Hi friends!

I'm excited to travel to Kampala, Uganda this April!  I'll be working on a special recording project in partnership with Grassroots Empowerment Opportunities, which is an NGO based in Grand Rapids, MI and founded by my good friends Dale & Sarah Dieleman in 2004. 

Dale & Sarah Dieleman
Dale & Sarah Dieleman

G.E.O established a shelter which houses young people who have been orphaned or otherwise abandoned.  They have a house, a farm, a church, a well, a school and a clinic all maintained by funds raised by folks like you.

Some of the kids there are very musical and have written a handful of songs.  I'll be helping arrange and record the tunes into an album.  GEO and the kids will be able to use the proceeds to cover their school fees, house and farm maintenance, food etc.

Since I am volunteering and taking time off of work, I need your help to pull this off.  My specific costs include airfare (1800), hotel/hostel  fees (200), travel in Kampala, mixing, mastering and production of the disc once back in the US, card/fees and shipping (2000).  I expect to incur more costs as the project develops, so if my initial goal is met, please feel free to continue to give!

Recording an album is a chance to document personal expression. It allows others to share in that expression, find common ground in its themes and can inspire forgiveness, unity, thoughtfulness etc.  Many of these young people have had difficult experiences in life, and hardships beyond comprehension.  I'm excited to participate in this fellowship through music with them, and believe it will encourage and strengthen them, and those around them. I'm excited to be an ambassador of my community,and look forward to introducing you to each of these youngsters over the next few weeks and months.

Give what you can and please share this project with your friends!

Luwafu, Kampala, Uganda BOUND!!

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Uganda is a poor and politically unstable country. While I don't expect problems, there's always a chance of encountering some despite well-made plans. I have folks in Uganda to help me, but am attempting this project in a relatively short amount of time and might end up having to "finish up" recording back in US.

I am officially leaving on April 4 and returning on April 17. I'm running this campaign on a tight schedule as well as budget. Please give early and often:-))

Another potential challenge is getting the disc produced on the tight budget I've allotted here on Kickstarter. I think it can be done, and have a great network of folks to help!

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