Music for Mzuzu: A Benefit Concert to Raise Money for Ithaca College Graduate to Enrich Malawi's Education System
“MUSIC FOR MZUZU” scheduled on October 7th at the First Unitarian Church located at 306 North Aurora Street in downtown Ithaca at 7pm.
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, bordered by Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. Malawi is one of the most stable, conflict free countries in Africa and is facing significant social challenges arising from extreme poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Of malawi's 13.9 million people, 1 million are orphans—700,000 due to AIDS. Tragically, 1 in 5 children won't live to see their 5th birthday.
"Maloto” is an organization with the goal to transform the lives of women and children living in extreme poverty in Northern Malawi by supporting education and economic development activities. Founded by Malawian native Anna Msowoya-Keys in 2006, Maloto has launched two projects, one being the Mzuzu Academy, which opened in September of 2010 and is the first international preparatory school in Northern Malawi.
In January of 2011, Casey Georgi, a graduate of Ithaca College will be volunteering at the Mzuzu Academy to teach music. Since resources are scarce at Mzuzu, instruments and equipment are desperately needed. To succeed in providing these children with the education that they deserve and to meet these needs, there will be a benefit concert: “MUSIC FOR MZUZU” scheduled on October 7th at the First Unitarian Church located at 306 North Aurora Street in downtown Ithaca at 7pm.
Admission is $10 and a silent auction will be held to raise additional funds. Proceeds will go towards the program expenses, instruments and equipment (such as recorders, drums, speakers or a boom box), and other music-related materials.
For further information or to assist with fundraising efforts, please contact Casey Georgi, Fundraiser for Maloto at (845) 323-5794 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about Maloto and their projects, please visit their website at: http://www.malotoinc.org/index.html
Maloto, meaning dreams, is rooted in the belief that through access to education and economic development activities women and children can improve their quality of life and lift themselves out of poverty. Maloto’s two main projects: Mzuzu Academy and the Kwithu Orphan Feeding and Community Center were created in direct response to the specific challenges facing the communities in Northern Malawi.
About Casey Georgi
Born and raised in Rockland County, NY, Casey Georgi was an employee of Anna Msowoya-Keys, founder of Maloto. Upon meeting Anna, it has since been a dream of Casey’s to contribute to Anna’s charitable work in Malawi and is enthusiastic to finally be a part of it. Casey earned her degree in Music Education on double bass at Ithaca College.
Originally published in Intercom: Music for Mzuzu: A Benefit Concert to Raise Money for Ithaca College Graduate to Enrich Malawi's Education System.