Giving the gift of music to children with intellectual disabilities at the Lamu School is a dream of two Central Alberta youth Orchestras.
Rosedale Valley Strings and Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra, under the direction of Naomi Delafield and Heather Ensley, have raised nearly $150,000 in the past 15 years to help children at home and abroad.
This year, their project was to help the Lamu School with some musical instruments. Even though the concert was cancelled due to COVID-19, a few generous donors have come forward to give these children the opportunity of experiencing the joy of music. For many of these children, music is the best way to communicate and experience the world.
This video shows children in Central Alberta making music to help children in Africa. In January, Gord Bontje and I visited this school in Lamu, Kenya in January 2020.