In the summer of 2014 Cara ventured to Kenya with just a guitar and the knowledge she gained from school with a mission to investigate whether or not music therapy as a field could exist in Eastern Africa. Cara sat down with members of the community who were kind enough to lend her their time and allow her to pick their brains about how therapeutic music thrives in Kenyan culture and society. At times she was thrown into the fire and was asked to conduct music therapy sessions, serving clients with a range of needs including: overcoming traumatic experiences, undergoing treatment for cancer or just wanting an opportunity to self express through singing, dancing and celebrating life despite it all. It was not only a humbling and enriching learning experience but she was met with so much openness and yearning that it proved music therapy is very much accepted and indeed needed in communities across Kenya. Cara hopes to see Umoja continue to grow and do so until music therapists are established in every vital part of East African society and beyond.

How We Got Started

Umoja Global Community Music Therapy is a US IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization EIN# 82-2621408

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Brooke Hatfield (856) 471-7508

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