OASIS Press release
The OAS Youth Orchestra Program in the Caribbean, OASIS, took part of the “Age of Connectivity: Music As A Natural Resource ....Urban Futures” High-Level Working Session at the United Nations Headquarters last June 23, 2011. The session was part of a series established to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and served to introduce the “Music As A Natural Resource Solutions for Social and Economic Issues Compendium”, a project developed by the NGO International Council for Caring Communities in cooperation with UN-HABITAT.
The Compendium is a global survey that highlights projects around the world that use music as a social tool. Projects are divided in five categories: Music for Sustainable Community Development, Music for Mental and Physical Health, Music for Working with Trauma Survivors, Music for Learning, and Music for Peace Building.
The session explored the challenges and opportunities in addressing the MDGs, and five successful programs, including OASIS, were featured before a unique gathering of change agents and experts from government, local authorities, private sector, academia, health, music industry and civil society.
Haiti Relief Efforts:
Rebuilding Sainte Trinité
The Youth Orchestra Program in Haiti experienced a major setback when the Program’s host school, the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité, was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake.
Since the OASIS program started, Sainte Trinité served as a venue for the disadvantaged youths of Bel-Air. If we put our efforts together we can bring back the program and help rebuild the school.› Click here to see what we are doing and to get involved.