Since 2008 Music Missions International (MMI) has been working to bring musical instruments and access to musical instruction on the Island of Dominica. MMI is a Canadian non-profit society and is run by passionate individuals who believe that music is an important part of the development of children and expression of their culture. They have not only provided instruments and instruction for the children in Dominica, but also have trained national teachers in ‘Band Conducting’.
In 2013 the organization had a large supply of musical instruments donated to them in Canada and they needed to ship these instruments to Dominica. The Rotary Club of Sherwood Park raised the funds for shipping costs, and Emmanuel Foundation partnered with them in collecting and crating the instruments, then coordinated the shipping of over 500 band instruments to Dominica. The three 40’ Sea-Can Containers that have been shipped have not only contained these musical instruments but also goods for the hospital and homeless shelter as well as playgrounds for the schools. In addition, local craftsmen built 60 music stands by hand to go with the instruments and assist the students while playing music!
Below there is a link to an article about MMI written by a Dominica news outlet. As well, there is a video showing Mike Townsend, a volunteer with MMI, conducting a group of students who received instruments as well as instruction from MMI.