The MAE Foundation provides musical instruments and music lessons to refugee children living in camps on the border between Burma and Thailand.
The MAE Foundation is a well-planned effort to mobilise goodwill and resources within the musical community to make real change happen fast. We believe in both the healing power and earning power of music.
The instruments the MAE Foundation provides will initially be those that untrained musicians can quickly learn to use and enjoy. They will include guitars and ukuleles, and tin whistles.
With the help of a regional resource centre and volunteer music teachers visiting the refugee camps, children and adults will be given the chance to learn, to develop new skills and to play together in groups and bands.
The MAE Foundation is publishing its own songbooks, with simple, powerful musical arrangements donated by the foundation’s supporters in the composing community and songs from the refugees’ own cultures, from the region and from around the world.
Instruments donated by the MAE Foundation will all be branded, to avoid the temptation for black market trading.
As the instrument workshops are set up and production begins, the distinctive MAE logo on the headstock of a guitar or the mouthpiece of a whistle will be a guarantee of a well-made, affordable instrument that has already made a contribution to easing suffering in the camps and helping young people realise their potential.
MAE Foundation aims to:
- To seek out deprived communities in the rural and border areas of Thailand where education opportunities are below average and where a course of music education would clearly be beneficial.
- Work towards the establishment of education centres in some of these areas to allow people on very low income to bring their children in for music and English classes.
- Look to provide employment and training for potential music teachers and administrators.
Established: February 2011
Registered Charity Number: 1140328
Board members: 6
Phone number: 020 7907 1500
Address: 28 Percy Street London W1T 2DBView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website