ABOUT THE VOICE PROJECT

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IT BEGAN WITH SONGS, WORDS AND MUSIC

A peace movement is an incredible thing, people coming together, mobilizing like an army, and in this case armed not with guns but with songs and something more powerful than than any bullet; compassion, the strength of human will, and determination.

For over two decades war has ravaged Northern Uganda. It is Africa’s longest running conflict and it has spread to Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo. Joseph Kony’s LRA has made abducting children and forcing them to fight his chief weapon of war, even making them kill their friends and family members. Many abductees and former soldiers escape but hide in the bush, afraid to return home because of reprisals for the atrocities they were forced to commit.

The women of Northern Uganda - widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics let the former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time 24 years the region has a chance at real peace.

The Voice Project is an attempt to support these incredible women and the peace movement in Uganda, and an effort to see how far a voice can carry.

 
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HOW THE VOICE PROJECT WORKS:

  1. 1.Artists do the cover chain episodes to spread the word (one covers another and so on)

2. We put the videos up at our site

3. We use money from donations, sponsors and advertisers to support programs on the ground which aid in the peace, reconciliation and rebuilding efforts.

Although we are a non-profit, we don’t see this content driven model as charity, but rather a partnership and an exchange of value. The strength, the message and the art of these women and their peace movement can benefit the world, and in return we can help spread their message as well as help on the ground.

We have two main goals:

To AMPLIFY the message in their songs in order to support the peace movement.

To assist the community in their efforts to EMPOWER themselves economically in order to better their lives, create real social change, and to sustain peace.

Check out the programs page to learn more about how The Voice Project is making a difference on the ground, and join us as a link in this incredible chain that the women have started by helping to spread the word or donating to the cause. Music and word of mouth can change this world, these incredible women have shown us that.
Pass it on.

The Voice Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

FEATURED EPISODES OF THE VOICE PROJECT

Peter Gabriel covers Tom Waits In The Neighborhood
Jesca Hoop covers Bon Iver Flume
Broken Social Scene covers Modest Mouse The World At Large
DJ Spooky and Joshua Roman cover Radiohead Everything in its Right Place
Andrew Bird covers Cass McCombs Meet Me Here At Dawn
Dawes covers Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Carries On
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