23 January 2017

Therapeutic Drumming Program

reachwithin connects with Tivoli Drummers and Saint George’s University (SGU) Significant Others Organization to expand therapeutic drum programs for children, youth and young adults who have experienced adversity, trauma or loss in their life. 

Drumming has not only been found to alleviate anxiety, relieve symptoms of depression and focus the mind, but it is also part of a rich cultural heritage that supports rhythmic communication and emotional expression.  The Tivoli Drummers, an Afro-Caribbean traditional drum and dance company, was founded by Krumah Livingston Nelson in 1995.  Located in the northern part of the island, but well-known throughout Grenada, the Tivoli Drummers promote indigenous culture and heritage through education and the performing arts.

A brief phone-call a few months ago sparked the beginning of a beautiful relationship between three organizations in Grenada.  When reachwithin’s program development consultant called to inquire about drums, Mr. Livingston Nelson indicated that he could actually hand-make 10 traditional drums using local resources.  The SGU Significant Others Organization, who had been looking for a way to create a greater impact in their volunteer community service program, immediately saw the therapeutic benefits of expanding traditional drum circles to youth living in residential care settings. 

Within a week, the SGU Significant Others fundraising initiative raised enough money to purchase the drums.  According to Livingston, Tivoli Drummers events supports the construction of a free-standing cultural arts center in Tivoli, which will also sell several hand made drums.  It is his hope that this cottage industry will empower youths within the immediate area and also make more drums availabe to the wider public.

These partiulcar drums will travel to Queen Elizabeth Home for Children, the Bacolet Center for Juvenile Rehabilitation, Programme for Adolescent Mothers, Bel Air Home, the Dorothy Hopkins Home for the Disabled.  Over 140 children, youth, and yong adults aging out of the care-system will have the opportunity to partcipate in drum circles.

reachwithin’s Program Development Consultant Rosy Evans says, “This is a beautiful win, win, win relationship for all involved and one that we hope continues to grow into the future as we share music, hope and inspiration.”

Photo Credit:  Livingston Nelson


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