We are a children’s choir based in Kenya that seeks to give children the opportunity to use their passion, talent and love for music to build bright futures for themselves and their communities.
The Malaika Children’s Choir was started in 2012 in Kibera Slums (Nairobi, Kenya) as part of the Kibera Informentors Foundation. It is our vision to work with children not only in Kibera, but also across the nation.
We welcome and appreciate opportunities to make new friends and partnerships in order to accomplish our mission. You can learn more about our story below:
The Malaika children’s choir is a program that started under the Kibera Informentors Foundation, a Kenyan NGO that focuses on leadership and mentorship for youth in Kibera slums. The choir held its first session on September 2012, and was started to help children in the slums recognize their talents, music being the major and find joy through singing. We sing Christian and traditional folk songs and dances. Our hope is that through the music that these children sing, people will understand that there is light at the end of a dark tunnel.
WHAT WE DO
We work with many different schools around Kibera, and hold one-on-one interviews with the children interested in joining the choir. We start working with children who are 7 to 11 years old and who love singing.
Many of the children in the choir are currently living with families or relatives here in Kibera. They are all from different backgrounds, some are living with both parents who are earning less than a dollar a day, and others are orphaned and live with relatives or grandparents. We try and bring them all together so that, they realize their talents and know that they are all equal in the eyes of God and should be valued in their country no matter their background. We engage them in activities such as singing, dancing, playing instruments, learning basic computer skills, art and drawing, theatre and acting. With these activities the children will be able to realise what activities they are good at. As early as possible. Then we will connect them with their role models to build them in the various talents that they have realised over time that they are with us.
In Kenya, Kibera has a very negative name among the people living outside the slums. Little do they realize that it is not the wish of Kibera residents to live in such concerning conditions. Instead, it is because of the difficult circumstances that these people face that we hear so many negative stories about the Kibera slums.
But we know that there are positive stories too — there is so much talent among the younger generation, many children who strive for better futures and hard-working parents who try their best to see that their children have at least one meal by the end of the day.
Still, there are many challenges that children in Kibera face. There is very little space or opportunity for children to study music, and even going to school (much less music school) can be very expensive; many families cannot afford to send their children to secondary (high) school, let alone university.
It is because of these reasons that we decided to come up with the choir, so that we can connect the voices of the children living in the slums, and eradicate the negative attitude about the people of Kibera. With this choir, we hope to nurture the musical talents of these young children, encourage them to pursue their love of music, and help them to grow through engaging in the different life skills activities that we do. Performing in different churches , luncheons and exposing them to the world of music is our vision. By them being able to perform, they will raise funds for their education in schools, buying food for their families and clothes to wear. The money that the choir will get, will help in also buying materials for the continuous training of the talents that they have realised. For example, if a child realises, that they are doing so good in instrumentals, then we get to buy that child the instrument. This will enhance the choirs backup of the music that we sing.