Girls Rock Camp!

 
After transmitting their application they waited. And waited some more. Suddenly the verdict was in…

The Divas had been working hard for many months trying to write an application to the FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund. The list of requirements for the application seemed endless as the deadline approached. However they could not and would not give up. They really wanted to give the young girls they had been working with for the past months the opportunity to participate in the Girls Rock Camp Mozambique.

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Like I said, they had already been working with a few girls. 20 girls to be more exact. On primary schools in Mafalala and Maxaquene. Two bairros or townships in Maputo. This had been a rewarding experience for both The Divas and the young girls participating in the project. Take a look at some pictures:

MOVE-participant Helen teaching the girls some piano

MOVE-participant Helen teaching the girls some piano

It's not always easy playing when the guitar is big, and the fingers small

It’s not always easy playing when the guitar is big, and the fingers small

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As you can see it had been a very enjoyable project. And in order to keep the project going and growing – The Divas needed funding. They started looking around for opportunities to get sponsors, apply for grants or earn money through concerts and other activities. They found FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, and decided to apply.

They earlier had a desire to start up the first Girls Rock Camp in Mozambique. Actually not only in Mozambique, but in Africa! If they were able to get funding this goal would be obtainable. So they applied. And they waited. And waited some more. Then a mail came saying their application was approved, and they had made to the second round of the application process. Great! Then the waiting game commenced once again. Let’s look at some pictures while we wait:

 

Sometimes you need a little extra help. Good thing Amélia is such a good teacher!

Sometimes you need a little extra help. Good thing Amélia is such a good teacher!

Helping each other is also a good way to learn.

Helping each other is also a good way to learn.

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MOVE-participant Ingrid (me) teaches bass

MOVE-participant Ingrid (me) teaches bass

Okay, that should do it. So after some weeks The Divas got the best news they could have hoped for. They got the grant! And Girls Rock Camp Mozambique was not just a distant dream anymore. It was something they could make a reality! Therefore during the fall of 2017 the first African and Mozambican Girls Rock Camp will see the light of day, and we are super excited! If you want to follow our work go to this Facebook page The Divas and click “like” and “follow”. We will it update regularly, and keep everyone informed about our progress.

The Divas

The Divas

I can’t begin to describe how much these girls mean to me, and how much they have taught me. I am eternally grateful for this experience, and looking forward to all the things we will share in the future.

GIRLS ROCK! GIRL POWER!

Ingrid Dyrnes Svendsen
Ingrid Dyrnes Svendsen

The first time Ingrid sang in front of an audience she was three years old. After that there was no going back. The now 23 year old girl grew up in a small place called Orkdal in the middle of Norway. In addition to singing she plays the piano, composes and teaches. The spring of 2016 she finished a Bachelor’s degree in jazz and improvisation. Although this is the genre closest to her heart, she enjoys listening to and playing all kinds of different music.

This year she is moving to Maputo, Mozambique. Her aim is to teach and learn as much music as possible. She has a passion for including girls and women into the musical scene. Hopefully this is something that she can contribute with during her stay in Maputo.

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