In 2005, a group of ten children orphaned by the civil war in Makeni, Sierra Leone formed a group they called the "Future Planners." Future Planners started out as a support group, and eventually became an arts collective where orphaned kids would trade skills in singing, dancing and drawing, and perform for one another. Now teenagers, the Future Planners are students of AEI and have completed extended training in batik fabric-dyeing, t-shirt and sign stenciling, drama and dance. Last week, we sponsored their trip to Sargenic Records to record a song they wrote for their community called "Song for the Orphans." Check out the pictures below, listen to the song, and scroll down to read the lyrics of their inspiring single!
Future Planners rehearsing the verses for "Song for the Orphans"
Getting pumped outside the studio
Susan on the mic