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Meadowlark Voices

Supporting  ​Artists and Musicians in Refugee Camps

Creating a Better World Through Music, Education & the Arts

Join us in supporting and empowering vital people in the life of their communities- the artists and musicians of refugee camps.  

In the words of a refugee...
"It is so strict to live here. There is nothing to do. I am not allowed to go outside the camp. There is no job, no work. So much stress and depression. I feel that I am going to go crazy here." (Burmese refugee, Nu Po camp, Tak province, January 2012; Human Rights Watch, 2012e, p. 18)
Musical Montage from Our Travels to Refugee Camps and Villages in Myanmar
Several Tribal Peoples are Represented Here
This is a small collection of music the people of Myanmar were willing to share.  Each was a special time of learning and about different cultures and traditions and understanding how difficult it is at times to preserve and honor those traditions in times of great suffering, change and uncertainty.   We hope you will enjoy this video montage and help us gather more songs, dances and smiles!
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Weaving Love, Peace and Joy in the World

Meadowlark Voices is dedicated to raising 
awareness, education and funds for refugee artists and musicians.
We are providing basic funding for worthy projects.  We work directly with students, teachers, artists and musicians in refugee camps as well as endangered Ethnic Minority cultures in preservation of their music.

The next several years are critical for this work due to assimilation of cultures. 130 unique music and languages will not survive the next 20 years there.  

I have personally traveled with the Free Burma Rangers, which means taking a treachorous and risky trip into the jungles of Burma to withness the worthy efforts there.  They have been doing very dangerous work in the jungles of Burma to document and report on the autocracies of the Burmese Army against Ethnic Minorities for 20 years helping over 1 million people with help, hope and love.  

So I joined them and found that music and the arts are also at great risk when villages and communities are under attack and endangered with uncertain futures.  
After I came back to Thailand, I worked my into 2 refugee camps there, some of which have been operating for 30 years.  Rice feeds the body, but what feeds the soul?  I found there students and teachers, hungry for education and lacking severely in art supplies and simple things like guitar strings, which to my mind is one of the best ways to express what is happening there, and to vent and validate the emotions of oppression, hope, love, fear, and deep anxiety. Mae La Refugee Camp has recently suffered through an alarming pace of 12 completed suicides per month in a population of 50,000.  
I would like to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and their diminishing cultures and support the work of musicians and artists in refugee camps. Even in the light of new elections and some progress, life will not be "back to normal" for 100,000 people anytime soon, if ever, in a way.

We plan a return trip to bring used art supplies and vital educational materials to empower those with talents, but lacking supplies.  Many refugees and ethnic minorites remain in a political holding pattern.  Enduring a newer onslaught of exploitation in the mask of "progress", they must manage stress and difficult choices now more than ever. ​  We can help.

Musicians and artists are special people among their community.  Meadowlark Voices would like to help those voices be heard and stand with them.

We have created a powerful, colorful, well-crafted picture filled presentation with music to boot.  Contact us for scheduling and availability.