Recent Projects

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2016

Pikpa Solidarity Camp, Lesvos, Greece

In the summer of 2016, OneVoice brought a team of artists to the Pikpa Solidarity Camp on the tiny island of Lesvos Greece. The camp was, and is home to about 100 of the most vulnerable refugees from the Syrian war–orphans, families with newborns, children and adults with special needs or debilitating injuries. Over the course of 2 weeks, we offered music, dance, and art as a response to the trauma the residents had, and in most cases, still were experiencing. Under the direction of our visual artist, Pamela Sukhum, the our team stood side by side with the adults and children of Pikpa camp, while we co-designed and painted a mural of peace and hope on the main wall of the communal kitchen in the camp.

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2014

You Are Beautiful

Throughout 2014, and in partnership with Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live, the You Are Beautiful campaign united and empowered kids around the globe through their creative voices.

It’s a movement that engaged schools in California, USA, Haryana, India, and El Manzano Uno, Nicaragua. A movement that celebrated the creativity and wisdom of children everywhere. A movement that allowed kids to recognize beauty in everything and everyone, first and foremost themselves.

The song, You Are Beautiful, written and recorded by Robbie Schaefer, featured guest artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and the Foster Elementary Choir from Compton, CA. Proceeds from downloads of the song raised almost $4000 and was poured back into the schools and communities we visited.

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2013

India

In March, 2013, OneVoice traveled to the American Embassy School (AES) in New Delhi, India, where we collected eight of its students and headed northwest to Rajasthan for a musical exchange program.

Over the course of one week, the AES and Rajasthani musicians (a mix of adults and students) became friends, cultural ambassadors, and musical collaborators. The week culminated with a joint concert in a courtyard in Barmer, Rajasthan.

Upon their return to New Delhi, Robbie and the OneVoice crew helped the AES kids to compose, perform, and record an original song that would reflect and encompass their experience in Rajasthan. Click on the video above to see and hear more!
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2012

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

In June, 2012, the OneVoice team traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the U.S. with painting supplies in tow. Our goal? To help kids at four different schools in four different countries paint their own hearts in order to heal the physical hearts of others.

Earlier that year, we joined forces with Take Heart, a Nairobi-based organization providing surgeries to kids in East Africa born with congenital heart defects. Many of these children live in rural areas and have no access to medical care, much less the life-saving surgery they need.

Between May and September, OneVoice collected heart paintings from over 150 children at the Kakenya Center for Excellence (Enoosaen, Kenya), Shepherds Secondary School (Arusha, Tanzania), Brain Tree Primary School (Kyanja, Uganda), and Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary (Jackson, NJ), as well some painted by Take Heart kids awaiting surgery in Nairobi.

Upon our return to the U.S., we embarked on LaLa Love—our annual fundraising campaign on Sirius XM Radio. We posted pictures of these powerful hearts on lalalove.org, and invited kids all over North America to respond with their own heart paintings and to ask their friends, families, and communities to donate money on their behalf. Our goal was to raise $25,000, which would have provided for 10 heart surgeries. But LaLa Love—and kids around the world—exceeded all expectations:

275 heart entries from 37 states and $33,877 later, we had raised enough to heal the hearts of 13 kids, proving once again that if we give children the tools and the opportunity to do something great in the world, they will astonish us every time.

2011

Tanzania

In September, 2011 our team of five—Robbie Schaefer, David Reynolds (music teacher), Danny Schwartz (producer), Kuna Malik Hamad (videographer), and Kim Jackson (photographer)—made its way to the Shepherds Jr Primary School near Arusha, Tanzania.

Founded by Mama Lucy Kamptoni in 2003 with the money she earned from selling chickens, Shepherds Jr has grown from its initial class of 6 children into a full primary school with almost 500 students. In 2008, the school participated in the national exams for the first time and scored #1 out of 120 schools in the Arusha District. In 2011, with her first class graduating, Mama Lucy needed to build a secondary school where the children could continue their education under her loving guidance.

The OneVoice team spent a week at Shepherds Jr, sharing music, learning Swahili, teaching freeze tag, and audio- and video-recording our entire experience.

Upon returning to the U.S., we edited the content we had captured so that we could share it with a wider audience. And then LaLaLove happened. LaLaLove: a collaboration between OneVoice, Epic Change, Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live, and Shepherds Jr. LaLaLove: a kid-powered movement that would build a school out of the voices and creativity of children. LaLaLove: just what the Universe ordered.

The campaign ran from October to December of 2011 and was essentially a singing contest sponsored and facilitated by Kids Place Live, the children’s programming channel on Sirius XM Radio. LaLaLove.org was built and played host to not only the music we had captured in Tanzania, but to the musical responses from 29 kid-powered organizations from 16 states from all over the U.S.  In musical terms, it was a global call-and-response.

Schools, Brownie troops, Cub Scout troops, and church choirs from California to Texas to Michigan to New Jersey to Florida sang their hearts out and raised $27,440—enough, believe it or not, to build a secondary school in Tanzania. In February 2012, Shepherds Secondary School, the first school built from love and music (that we know of), opened its doors to its inaugural class of 20 students.

Our Voice (from the blog)

  • CreatED and Crayola
    We are excited to announce that Crayola has become an official supporter of our CreatED programming, donating art supplies to select schools and communities in the OneVoice network. Earlier this...
  • An Artful Response: Refugee Aid
    Dear Friends, I have spent the better part of the past eight months looking away. The Syrian refugee crisis streams into my living room every night via the evening news...
  • Return To Nicaragua
    Dear Friends, This summer a theme seems to be undeniably emerging. Voices. Everywhere there are voices that have gone un-listened to for far too long. And they are now demanding...

One Voice: A Global Perspective

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