After introducing our exciting new program, Teach to Reach, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our progress.

Earlier this month, our Haiti team forged ahead, organizing a training for 18 Peer Mentors, all recruited from our advanced students. The training prepared each mentor to teach music to two children in their respective neighborhoods in an effort to continue MHI’s wonderful work while respecting necessary health measures like social distancing and wearing masks.

We can’t tell you how excited our Peer Mentors are to begin. For many of them, this is an opportunity to build on a foundation of teaching experience developed during last year’s summer camp. Each of them is excited to take their teaching skills to the next level. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the beautiful photos from the training taken by photographer Keziah Jean.

Program Officer Emmanuel Piervil, who led the training, pointed out that teaching creates yet another opportunity for the mentors to improve their musical skills.

“As teachers, they will have to answer questions from the learners and find ways to overcome the challenges that teaching can bring,” Emmanuel said. “While the mentors teach, they will have the chance to experience another dimension of music.”

We are excited to build on this momentum as Teach to Reach launches throughout the fall. But we can’t do it without you! You make it possible for MHI to reach children through this groundbreaking new approach to safely delivering music education in Haiti. With all that is going on in the world, sharing the joy and healing of music is even more important.