LEAF International | Kenya
Located in Mlologo , Likoni and Nairobi | Founded 2014 | 190+ Youth Served Ages 8-18
Why Kenya? Ben Gradison had big visions for LEAF International One Mics across the world. Tanzania and Kenya were his first two programs to implement on his amazing African journey years ago. As most connections, these were connections from global music friends.
Located at The Children’s Development Center | Partnership with TWAAYF (Total War Against Aids Youth Foundation)
“LEAF is a great project that has really transformed the lives of so many in the community.”Martin Gitonga
Through the project, students gain:
- Classes in traditional music and new musical styles
- Promotion of economic development in the community
- Reconnecting to local traditions
- The opportunity to perform in the community
- A one-mic recording studio
Meet our Students
Meet Our Teaching Artist
HolyKraft Entertainment was founded by Martin Gitonga, the founder and director of TWAAYF. He grew up in the streets of Kenya, and now has dedicated his life to support other children and help them avoid the streets. Martin has a very entrepreneruial spirit, and he and his brother, Dennis, use arts, sports, music, offer volunteer and internship activities, and create other income-generating projects to sustain their programs. The program is run by a group of prodcuers, vocalists,
DJs, dancers, and performing artists.
In Martin’s words, his program is all about collaboration: “We work with a wide range of musicians, producers, emcees, DJs, and trainers to have a cross-cultural taste, learn more from others, and gain different skills and knowledge. With your support, we are going MILES!” -Martin Gitonga, TWAAYF Director
Located at Mount Olive Kenya | Partnership with Cradle to Career Kenya
“The students’ self-esteem will rise when they perform for others, and their own sense of self-worth will increase as they develop pride in their traditional music. The community will benefit from the same factors when they watch the performances. Hope will inspire all.”Cradle to Career Kenya
LEAF International is honored to act as the catalyst in beginning a traditional music program near Nairobi in partnership with Cradle to Career! The students will learn traditional Kenyan drumming, dance and song. The program is scheduled to take off in 2014. Currently, the program is working with a group of teens from the slum who don’t have the grades to continue on into high school. The music class will empower them with life skills and musical skills to become more successful in all areas of life!
TWAAYF (Total War Against Aids Youth Foundation) is a youth led community development organization comprised of artistes working to empower children and youth in Likoni, Kenya. TWAAYF foundation fosters personal development and self-sufficiency among young people, while promoting economic development in the civil society within Likoni community.
From music instruments to child sponsorships, our people-centered programs depend on generous givers like you to grow and thrive. Donate today! 100% of your gift goes directly to support music and arts education programs in the country of your choosing.