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    Fueling the talent of young musicians in Suchitoto

    Day 185

    In Tune

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    In El Salvador

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    No matter who or where you are, music feeds the soul. Listening to music has the power to comfort and lift up. And learning how to make it can transform lives.

    No one knows that better than Sister Peggy and her students in Suchitoto, El Salvador. At the Art Center for Peace she’s been running for the past 30 years, music rings through the halls as young people practice their craft. Colorful art hangs from the walls. And for a few hours each week, students find peace, comfort, and purpose.

    The center has a really terrific piano program. But there are so many eager students wanting to learn, that sometimes there aren’t enough keyboards to go around. That’s where we stepped in to help.

    “These kids live in poverty,” said Sister Peggy. “But when they walk to and from this place with a guitar on their back, they stand a little prouder.”

    In the spirit of encouraging such creative expression and confidence, we got the center three more brand new keyboards.

    Now, there’s just a little more music to go around.

    As we stood with Sister Peggy, listening to the gorgeous music created by her students, we couldn’t help but be filled with awe at what these young people and Peggy have made possible.

    Music helps them to heal, to find a pathway toward something better. And we’re proud to be even a small step on their journey.

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