I met Roger by mere chance during my time in Kampala.
Like myself, the man loves music. He has connected himself to many of Uganda’s most talented musicians–locals, expats, and fellow refugees. He plays in several different bands that play everything from reggae to blues.
Roger is also involved with a group called BIVA Production. BIVA searches for upcoming musical talent to develop and promote in Uganda. They give local and refugee musicians recording time in their studio and help them promote and sell their music. Their end goal is to promote peace, love, and the sharing of cultures.
BIVA recently held a concert to celebrate and promote many of their talented musicians.
Roger’s most important project, though, is called Pamoja Na Yatima Group (Together With Orphans). At the moment, he dedicates much of his time to teaching orphaned children in his community how to play music. Sometimes he invites them to play in his own house; other times he goes to teach in the local schools. His goal is to help these children heal from the wounds they have suffered in life through music, give them a community of fellow musicians and peers they can learn from and grow with, and teach them to play music well enough so that they may find gainful employment in the future.
Roger wants to house these orphans in a shelter that would also provide a home for widows and other disadvantaged groups. However his vision for the project has a much larger scope than just his local community. Roger wants to build such shelters all over the world. He wants to heal the world through music.
If you would like to learn more about the project, check out Roger’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Pamoja-na-Yatima-Group-PYG-Together-with-Orphans-Group-598811520326616/.
If you would like to contribute to the project, you may do so by visiting the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/together-with-orphans.