Music in the Village

  • The Foundation trains young uneducated rural areas to learn to play percussion instruments and can make a living as a professional band
  • The project targets are also involved in awareness courses where they learn to manage money and work at home

Seenanaik, and the other boys Rameshnaik radiant smile while the photographer immortalizes the moment. Today is a special day. The Vicente Ferrer Foundation (FVF) has given them all now wear uniform: cap and red shirt, jacket and blue pants with yellow details. Their waists and shoulders hanging percussion instruments a couple of minutes ago played with energy, making a big commotion in the village center. They still have some tests to complete the training program that began in July last year, but most of the effort already done. Now it reap the rewards and are now closer to being finally a professional band.

The program that has been implemented have participated in more than one hundred villages scattered around the Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The recipients are young men without education. Teaching to play an instrument are given the opportunity to diversify their employment options with the band performing in local festivals, weddings and other celebrations.

In Anantapur the field work is seasonal. If it does not rain, no job. During monsoon, June to September, it is common for farmers to hire many people as laborers. During the dry months, however, no work. Many people should migrate to the big cities and most prosperous states to find a job. From now on, thanks to his musical training shall not depend on rain to earn a paycheck.

Seenanaik is a man with white hair and smooth complexion that claims to have 30 years and a son and a young daughter. It is the largest of the group, which has more responsibilities. It is responsible for keeping track of attendance in a notebook lined with newspaper. They rehearse twice a day and just take a look at the book looks virtually never miss anyone.

When they go to play, if they can, are divided into several groups to make more money. Seenaik is responsible for entering a party to a joint account that serves to keep the amount saved in case unforeseen circumstances, such as having to repair an instrument. They also spend money to work with new projects of the Foundation and the rest of the profits are shared equally.

Although the objective of the program is to provide recipients an alternative source of stable income to work in the field, also meet several times throughout the training to sensitize them about how to manage money, caring attitude in home and assess the importance of education to their children. Both their families as they are happy with the results.

The same day that the boys receive uniforms, the whole village gathers in school. Speaking mothers and wives. A woman gets up and goes to rest. It's called Kullaibai: "Before, he had no interest in taking care of his family and did not like studying," she says, referring to his son. He continued: "Now you have a job you like and with whom we live." Then another and wife, Subashinabai, petite much younger stands. In his case it is the husband, Rameshnaik, who participated in the program of musical training. "When my husband was not working he spent the day chatting in the village and ignored me and took care of the family," he recalls. She is 21 and he 28 and married for seven lead. The two made money, but he spent it without asking: "Before we knew the value of money, but I learned through these awareness meetings".


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