Pantanal Music Exchange:
The Nazaré Orphanage in rural Poconé, Brazil is home to sixty boys whose lives have been scarred by domestic violence, abuse, and neglect. Orphanage founder Father Joaquim Tébar secured a donation of numerous violins, violas, and cellos to teach the children music. Tragically, he died before he could turn his idea into reality. The Pantanal Music Exchange (PME) was created to carry on his vision of bringing music to lives that have known little else but adversity and hardship.
Beginning in the summer of 2012 and continuing in 2013, musicians from Michigan and Washington, DC traveled to Nazaré to build a music program at the orphanage. PME is working with a Cuiaba-based organization called the Ciranda Institute to provide a year-round teacher for the boys. PASO (with other music programs in the United States) has lent a hand in the planning, creation, and fundraising for the project.
If you are interested in supporting the Pantanal Music Exchange, please donate to PASO either through Paypal (indicate PME or Pantanal) or by sending a check to PASO (put PME or Pantanal in the subject line). 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation will go to the orphanage music program.