Guest Blog: UNT Professors in Kosovo Day 6

Jun 17, 2010

This morning was very busy. School has not yet dismissed for the summer so most of the SMF classes were held today (Saturday). In Gjakove they are held in two different locations with the volunteers spread out across classes. Some of the children have only begun in the last couple of weeks, but others have been in the program for years.[...]


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.[...]