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Music for Lombok is a not-for-profit organization that brings muscic, art, and English education to the children of an orphanage in Lombok, Indonesia. The orphanage’s school is called Al-Ashriyah, located in the village of Sesela Genung Sari. In comparison to Western standards the school is run down and in serious need of tender loving care. There is currently no music program beyond a single acoustic guitar and computer. Using only these resources, the students continue to express their creativity and youthful spirit by making music and videos. Music for Lombok seeks to provide more instruments and instruction to help the children enhance their creative skills, while also having the opportunity to practice their English with volunteer teachers.
Music for Lombok is a program centered around music to help the orphans in Lombok to get education and learn about the world thru new and different cultures perspective. Thru this program volunteers will help teach the children in Lombok music and foreign languages. Music for Lombok also welcomes donated musical instruments.
For more information on this organization, check out this piece: Chicago Public Radio Coverage on Music for Lombok
Music for Lombok on Woldview
Music for Lombok on Worldview
My Joyful Heart is a unique charity that provides personalized assistance and encouragement for Chicago area and suburban children in need. As a faith-based organization, they endeavor to be a positive influence to these children in need by remembering them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys and encouragement throughout each year until their situation improves or they move from the area.
My Joyful Heart provides the little things that may often be missing in the life of a child in need. By providing these gift packages regularly throughout the year they extend love and hope to these children, making them feel special and letting them know that people do care. Local, disadvantaged, high-risk children are given gift packages of essentials throughout the year, not just at Christmas. They are not a one-size-fits-all organization; gifts are specifically selected for each individual child.
My Joyful Heart works in tandem with the Chicago Public Schools and other school districts to enroll needy children; the children who are coming to school without a jacket in the winter, the children who do not have proper shoes or clothing that fits, the children in need of hygiene and especially the children in need of encouragement and hope. They work closely with the school systems to ensure gifts are given to the children in their program and that he/she knows that someone cares. All this is made possible through sponsorships, donations, grants, fundraising and corporate support.
My Joyful Heart continually strives to help local children as best they can. What they do is…Bring Hope.
My Joyful Heart operates out of donated warehouse space in Mokena, IL with a their administrative office in Lockport, IL. Diane Carroll is a wonderfully kind woman with a big heart. She is always looking for dedicated people to join her in her cause, and has been known to welcome young people (and homeschoolers especially) to help out on a regular or semi-regular basis at their warehouse facility in Mokena.
Check out the video below where My Joyful Heart was featured on the CBS evening news.