Bridging Worlds

Bridging Worlds Through Music works with local teachers to provide free music education to children and youth in Geita, Tanzania.

VISION

A world where all young people have the opportunity to reach for their dreams and achieve personal success and wellbeing.

MISSION

To provide accessible, enriching, and fun musical experiences that help young people develop essential life skills. To empower communities and build capacity through musical creation and expression.

VALUE STATEMENT

Our work is guided by a commitment to inclusion, gender parity, and opportunities for individual growth. We believe that music can change hearts and minds, helping people develop integral skills for success.

Bridging Worlds Through Music operates a member of the Canada Africa Partnership Network Charitable Registration Number: 88898 7500 RR0001

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ABOUT US

Bridging Worlds Through Music (BWTM) offers free music education to children and youth in Geita, Tanzania. Our focus is to empower young people through musical creation and expression, helping them build essential skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and creative problem-solving.

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We believe that music is a great community building tool that brings people together, creates leadership and mentorship opportunities, and supports healing. Since its inception, BWTM has been a community led initiative supported by local community leaders.

Operating in partnership with Rich Hill English School, we work to build community capacity by providing training in music pedagogy to local teachers. Our goal is to help spread the joy of music throughout this small community.

Our work is guided by a commitment to inclusion, gender parity, and providing opportunities for individual growth. We believe that music can change hearts and minds, and help people develop integral skills for success.

BWTM was founded in 2014. To learn more about the project that sparked BWTM, please CLICK HERE to read more.

PROGRAMS

students and teachers

Operated by local teachers in Geita, BWTM aims to empower youth through fun group music lessons. Focusing on the development of life skills such as team-work, communication and creative problem-solving, the program acts to use the healing power of music to support student’s personal growth. BWTM also focuses on gender parity through supporting the equal participation of girls and women.

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BWTM works to build community capacity through teacher training, by engaging local musicians in volunteerism and developing youth mentorship opportunities.

BWTM offers interactive group lessons in piano, ukulele, voice, percussion, drumming and western theory.

OUR TEAM

Christie Ulicny who is Founder and Director in Bridging Worlds

Christie Ulicny

Founder & Director

Christie Ulicny is an educator, youth advocate and Canadian recording artist. After completing her Bachelor of Education with an inner city focus, Christie set out to make an impact in education-based community development.

Christie is passionate about youth empowerment and providing others the opportunity to reach for their dreams. Bridging Worlds Through Music is Christie’s dream in motion. Christie recently completed her Master of Arts in Community Development at the University of Victoria, BC.

Samuel Limbe who is Project Manager in Bridging Worlds

Samuel Limbe

Project Manager

Since 1996, Samuel has been working for the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT). He is now the General Secretary for AICT Diocese of Geita. Samuel is responsible for overseeing many of the community projects that happen throughout Geita. He is incredibly invested in building the capacity and well-being of the community. Samuel is a cornerstone to BWTM and we’re grateful that he has taken on the role of Project Manager! Samuel ensures that the best interest of the community is always at heart!

Seppo Salminen who is Co-Founder, Musician, Educator and Producer in Bridging Worlds

Seppo Salminen

Co-Founder & Musician-Educator

Seppo Salminen is a professional Drummer / Percussionist, Producer / Engineer, and Educator. His career has encompassed all the various aspects of drums and production, from drummer, clinician, educator, award-winning engineer and producer, to custom drum-builder and drumsmith.

Seppo has always worked hard to share his joy of drumming and music with others. BWTM is an incredible platform to give others a chance to enrich their lives through music too.

Pendo Limbe who is Educational Coordinator in Bridging Worlds

Pendo Limbe

Educational Coordinator

Pendo is a certified teacher and educational coordinator for both the AICT-DG and Bridging Worlds Through Music. Pendo received her teacher training at the Butimba College in Mwanza, Tanzania. Pendo is passionate about supporting development projects in her community. When Pendo isn’t supporting community initiatives or raising her three children, she is learning music!

SUPPORT US

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Your donation will help support music education in a community where studying music is a near impossibility. Children and adults will be afforded the opportunity to experience the joy of making music, developing their creativity, and learning integral life skills.

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO

Funds will support teacher training, educational workshops, instrument purchases and maintenance, music resources and shipping.

**We accept working and well maintained instrument donations**

For more information, please contact: bwtmusic@gmail.com

SHARE YOUR TALENTS!

Are you a musician looking to give back to the community? Do you have technical skills that might be of use to BWTM?

We want to hear about them!

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Host your own fundraiser!

  • Plan an Event
  • Set up an online fundraising page
  • Support our program with donations from special events

Call us to discuss these options: 416-827-4110