This April, In Place Of War went to Uganda to deliver a programme of training in our Creative and Social Entrepreneurial programme and Music Studio Equipment Training with 20 community cultural leaders from DR Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Many of these leaders are working with the most marginalised communities in the world, with very few resources and no funding. In Place Of War is seeking to support their work, on their terms in a variety of ways. 

Over 7 days, IPOW trained remarkable young people in the Creative and Social Entrepreneurial Programme, building skills, sharing resources and giving certification to deliver the programme back in their communities, helping local people determine their own futures.

With a strong team of famous global musicians including the legendary Igor from Sepultura, Laima Leyton from Mixhell, Nathan Sudders from The Whip and Aaron Horn from London’s SARM studios and IPOW trainers Ruth Daniel and Alison Surtees, the team delivered intensive training, recording an album with over 50 musicians with newly trained music producers.


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‘On behalf of all the guys who were at the training in Uganda, I am here to pass my gratitude to IPOW for bringing people with the seed of greatness. We learned a lot at the training that will never leave us at the same time, this has been one of the best crews I have ever worked with, how amazing that each one had to give in their whole effort to make the training success, showing qualities of true leadership, being patient and tolerating our learning in every session that we had. People with great character and a calm soul. Thanks for the impact and powerful examples shown, I’m willing to follow the trails of this crew, thank you for the great opportunity.’ – World Exclusive music producer Kitgum, Uganda.

The community leaders were remarkable, from the Kyangwali refugee settlement with Congolese refugees in Uganda, to a hip hop agribusiness working in prisons in the war torn area of Gulu, to women working to empower women and girls, to those working in South Sudanese refugee camps – this is a network of remarkable young people making life changing work in their communities. In Place Of War’s work is to support those fleeing from war or building new communities post-war.

The young leaders have left with new networks, ideas and tools to help enhance change in their communities. In Place Of War is also supporting four organisations in Uganda with a gift of music studio equipment, to establish four new creative hubs across Uganda, enabling thousands of young people access to creative equipment and training.

“This is to express my sincere thanks to all of you for the had work you have done with us. Thank you for the things you gave me they will help me not only in my music career but also when we start the training they will be very helpful. This training has showed me the way and I believe together with you, we can do more for the community especially using the music talent and its to my advantage that am working with CIYOTA which is working to change the lives of the youth. With this music career, I will be able to go to different refugee camps around Uganda, in countries like DR Congo and other communities in Africa sensitising the youth about transforming their livelihoods.’ – Ndabeletse Kasimu, Kyangwali refugee settlement, Uganda.