Founded in 1996 by British musician Katherine Rogers, Music for Hope supports musicians, groups and music teaching in Bajo Lempa on the Pacific coast of El Salvador. Many of the inhabitants of Nueva Esperanza and other communities of the area are refugees who returned from Nicaragua and Honduras in 1989, at the end of the civil war. They are developing alternative, co-operative models of governance and work. Music, bands and the teaching of music in schools are an important part of this.
The more than 20 bands include Proyección Activa (set up in 1993), Cluny and Tlaloc (formerly Lluvia de Esperanza).
Their music can be found:
Details, pictures and music samples can be found on the website: www.musicforhope.org.uk