Music is a great way to raise funds and promote awareness for hardships such as HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention as well as poverty. Children in remote villages have very few activities to keep them occupied so when a volunteer called Brendan Poynton, accompanied by his friend Valerie Buchanan, arrived at Mukuni to give music lessons to the pupils, they had a captive audience. Through The Butterfly Tree Brendan worked with orphans and vulnerable children in the schools of Mukuni, N’gandu and Kamwi teaching them how to play a guitar, which he donated to Mukuni Basic School before his departure.

Brendan was so moved by the plight of the orphans that he has joined the charity to raise funds to build a Music Centre at Mukuni Village. Brendan Mission, incorporating Music Earth Rise has initiated a number of projects to create a ‘chance for change’ through his music. The Music Centre, in addition to being used as a teaching establishment, will to hold concerts and drama productions to assist the HIV/AIDS prevention and the fight against this devastating virus.