Why Music?

We’re helping kids build the strength & skills to
navigate life’s challenges through music education.

MHI provides free music education to children in Haiti impacted by poverty, natural disaster and disability. Investment in music education may seem like a luxury in a highly resource-constrained country, but research tells us that music promotes improved learning, teaches people to set goals, fosters teamwork, builds emotional resilience and nurtures creativity. And, as one Haitian journalist put it, “Rhythm rests in our marrow.” MHI is leveraging this tradition to help children increase opportunity and overcome hardship.

Our Mission:

We bring music and musicians to the children of Haiti and globally to inspire achievement, resilience and creativity.


  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Emotional Self-Regulation
  • Listening & Memorization
  • Mentoring
  • Engaging Others

Mindset & Values

  • Goal-Driven Growth
  • Resiliency & Joy
  • Creativity
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Community & Belonging

“In life, each person has a way of conveying a message
and my way is through music.”

Our Model

We work with school and community partners to deliver free music education to school-aged children. With implementing partner, J/P HRO, MHI has adapted to the Haitian context the nationally-recognized curriculum and methodology of our technical advisor and training partner, Little Kids Rock. Together we deliver an innovative, engaging and culturally relevant approach. Students receive roughly 200 hours of music lessons per year and learn to play a range of instruments, including guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, ukulele and vocals.

MHI Provides:

  • Instruments
  • Proven Curriculum
  • Teacher Training
  • Support for Community Concerts
  • Mentorship from Renowned Musicians
  • Summer Music Camp
  • Youth Leadership Opportunities
Theory of Change

How Music Heals

We help children engage, achieve and thrive
through music education.

Our Model Provides

  • Music Education
  • Instruments
  • Safe Spaces
  • Peer Leaders
  • Guest Artists
  • Community Concerts

Impact Reports and Financials

Dimensions of Impact
Social Change

Social Change Over Time

  • Music education for all children
  • Positive attitudes about children with disabilities
  • Youth empowered by teaching & performing


  • All children validated & celebrated
  • Social connection
  • Public voice to children
  • Demand for & access to quality music education in schools


  • Sense of support
  • Children part of a safe & positive after-school activity
  • Family involved in children’s activities


  • All children actively participate
  • Engaged in learning
  • Motivated, diligent & goal-driven
  • Confident, communicative & expressive
  • Collaborate & belong
  • Lead & inspire

Impact Reports and Financials

Sounds Of MHI

Hear Our Music

Using collaboration and creativity, our students create original music, expressing themselves
through voices and instruments.

Fingerprints Logo

Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li.

“Little by little,
the bird builds its nest”.
Haitian Proverb