How One Guitar Can Change A Life: Refugees

Recently, G4G visited a non-profit for teen refugees where they can receive help with tutoring, college applications, drivers ed, and much more called Legacy Mission Village. Many of the teen refugees have no one to help them with their college applications or school work. Many of them know little English when they start school in the US. They are placed in school based on their age, not how much prior schooling they received. Often, their parents do not know any English, and therefore, are unable to help them with their schoolwork. Programs like Legacy Mission Village help them thrive in their new life.

Music is meant to be felt. Many refugees come to the US with very little, but they are able to bring their voice and songs with them. Music has deep roots in their life and culture, and it can help them to learn, adjust to their new life, or just have fun.

Most of the teens in this program have an intense love for music. They have songs from their native country that they love to sing. Learning the guitar helps them connect with other teens their own age. After learning about their program and the teens' love for music, G4G decided to donate a couple guitars and a cajon. As soon as we brought in the guitars, the teens started jamming. Many of them have been playing for less that a year, but they have been able to pick up new songs quicker than anyone I have ever seen. It was amazing to see how much someone can love playing music. Most of their songs were in different languages, but everyone in the room was enamored by the joy you felt as they performed.

In Nashville (and anywhere, really) it can be easy to get caught up in playing music for some other personal benefit, but these teens play music just because they love it. They taught me how important it is to be grateful, and to be passionate about what you are doing. I was able to talk to one girl about how much she loves music, and how much she appreciates being able to use a guitar whenever she is at the teen program. Check out our Instagram (@guitars4gifts) for a video of the jam session!

Lastly, thank you to all of you for your support. We hope that you enjoy hearing stories about the power of music.