Girls' Shelter In India Uses Music To Help Them Heal And Relax
For many girls in India, life is not easy. They may be abandoned, homeless and/or forced to miss their education. The organization, Music Basti, brings music to at-risk girls in India. "Many of these children have been abused or have suffered trauma. Music helps to engage them, it helps them to relax," Faith Gonsalves, the founder of Music Basti, says. They use music to help the girls relax, grow and have a voice of their own. It gives the girls confidence and a sense of pride.
"I love music, singing and playing instruments," says 14-year-old Jasmine Sheikh. "When we are here, it feels like it’s something different."
So far, Music Basti has worked with more than 400 children and 500 volunteers in Delhi, often in shelters such as Kushi Home, where Jasmine and her friends live. Music has many powerful benefits, and thanks to Music Basti, these girls get to reap them!