Dear Friends of Parade of One,
It’s been a little while since you’ve last heard from us, but we’ve been working hard behind the scenes on an exciting new program. In the spring of 2013, we will host the first installment of the Harmonious Exchange Project. Harmonious Exchange will be a program dedicated to bringing musicians from Africa and Southeast Asia here to New York to record, give street performances, and conduct educational programming with stateside Parade of One musicians.
This project will provide a unique opportunity for American students and audiences to see and experience something new and interesting from another part of the world, combining performance and history and geography lessons into one neat package. Furthermore, while opportunities are abundant for young Americans to share their skills and talents abroad, while learning a little about the world outside their own, such chances are very rare for promising young people from the poorer regions of the globe.
Our first special guest, in spring of 2013, will be Sophie Nzayisenga, from Rwanda. Sophie
sings and plays the inanga, an instrument so rare that there isn’t even a wikipedia page about it. She is widely considered the only professional female inanga player in Rwanda. To see Sophie perform, please visit this link at the BBC.
This first installment of the Harmonious Exchange program is a great fundraising challenge for us. We need to raise around $30,000 just for this project, and we have never raised more than $10,000 in a whole year. We are currently conducting an extensive campaign to gain the support of foundations and corporations, but still we won’t be able to do it without help from individuals like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation at the new Parade of One website. You can donate electronically through the Network for Good or Paypal, or you can send a check. Your help is essential, so we thank you in advance for your contributions.
Thank you for your time and attention.