and the arts offer an alternative to a life lived in fear of sickness and
slavery. The Academy of Music in Choma, Zambia, is battling AIDS and
trafficking by offering students life through the arts.
-Along with a formal music education,
students receive help for traditional schooling, prevention education for AIDS
and human trafficking, basic needs provision, and career development involving
vocational skills training, micro-enterprise and other livelihood
-This summer, starting June 1st
through July, I will be partnering with Poetice International to teach music at
the Academy of Music in Choma, and I need your help!
- All funds donated will be used for travel
costs, living expenses, and music supplies for the music academy. To learn more about Poetice International click here.
Derek Thompson grew up in Lino Lakes,
Minnesota, with a passion for bowfishing, music, and Jesus. In the summer of
2012, after completing his freshman year at the Peabody Conservatory of the
Johns Hopkins University majoring in oboe performance and music education,
Derek, participated in a month-long outreach internship with Safe House of Hope
(SHO Hope). SHO Hope works 24/7 to stop human trafficking in Baltimore. Now for
this upcoming summer, Derek is looking to combine both, his interests in music
and stopping modern-day slavery, into one endeavor. Please choose to support this