Dave & Shelagh Ricardson are on a mission to acquire musical instruments for young people in Rio. Here is an extract from a recent email:
You may (or may not know) for the last 18 months we have been working with the To Ligado project in Rio de Janeiro which works with children from the local favelas (slums). As well as the vital educational support the project gives them they also try to raise the childrens’ self esteem and bring out any hidden talent they may have but the Brasilian educational system will never Identify and/or develop. One of the most exciting aspects of the work is with Tom Ashe ((a fellow Yorshireman) who is introducing music to the children and is training them to play in the favelas as part of the Carnival Blocos. This will be a first for the city. In the last 12 months we have witnessed remarkable progress and they are already performing in public and have appeared on Rio TV – BUT they still need to practice more outside the project. At the moment Instrument’s cannot be allowed into all their homes as they will be sold/swopped for drugs/alcohol etc etc.. Tom is setting up “safe bases” in each of the neighbouring favelas where instruments can be left so the children can go every day to practice.
Instruments are very expensive in Brasil and unlike the UK second hand instruments are very rare. Could you please :
Let me know if you have or hear of or come across any cheap (or free) second hand brass and woodwind instruments – we can probably collect anywhere in the UK
Let me know if you are planning to visit Rio (or Brasil) anytime in the next 6 months and if you have space for just such an instrument – you will be guaranteed a warm welcome at the project (and all the curry you can eat at Toms Curry Club)
I know all of this is a long shot but worth a try. The picture we enclose is the star of the band, Duda, she cant read and write, until recently had never been to the nearby beach, doesn’t know her birthday and is mainly looked after by her 11 year old sister BUT is always happy, has a hidden musical talent and a desire to develop it.
If you can help please get in touch with Dave and Shelagh at: firstname.lastname@example.org