Guest Blog: UNT Professors in Kosovo to Evaluate SMF!

Jun 06, 2010

Children of war are inherently exposed to significant trauma. Due to widespread devastation of economic, structural, and educational systems these children have few options for reduction of distress and fostering of resiliency. The music education program of the Shropshire Music Foundation (SMF) has demonstrated significant long-term positive impact on children of war, including significantly higher secondary education graduation rates and college enrollment.[...]


A Week in Kosovo for Assessment

May 28, 2010

I’m in Kosovo for one week. I’ve never done this before. Two Psychology Professors from University of North Texas came to Kosovo to do research on our program and why it works, and brought me with them.[...]


Our Wonderful Uganda Youth Volunteers

May 15, 2010

Last night at 3am I got a phone call from Polycarp, one of our wonderful Uganda youth volunteers. He said they are really struggling right now and asked when Burim or I would be coming. I told him that Burim would definitely come in September. I could tell he was disappointed that they would have to wait that long, but he just said how glad he was that Burim would definitely be coming.[...]


The Most Amazing Trip to Northern Ireland

May 06, 2010

I just returned from the most interesting trip to Northern Ireland. The last time I was there was 2 years ago. I left quickly in 2008 because of the death of my father, and in 2009 we decided to put our NI programs on hiatus because of lack of funding.[...]