Let’s donate schools to the deprived children of Asia and Africa!
Imagine a wave of Dream Power spreading across the world.
Starting in 2001 in Japan, the Dream Power concerts have now helped build 85 schools in some 22 countries across Asia and Africa. If you stop to think about it, the children who were in first grade when we first started building schools are now in junior high, and those who were in seventh grade have already left school!
I’d like to thank everyone for all the efforts you’ve made to help us over the years.
It makes me so happy to think of the hope and encouragement we are bringing to the children of Asia and Africa through this wave of Dream Power – a force which grows from the artists and audience working together as one. By sharing our dreams in this way, the power of our common dream spreads across the world and slowly changes it.
Let’s come together again this year to play John’s music and widen the circle of Dream Power still further.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream
A dream you dream together is reality
I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
85 schools in 22 Asian and African countries have been donated through the past eight editions of the Dream Power Concert.
The Dream Power Concert was initiated by Yoko Ono in 2001 as a benefit concert for deprived children, while paying tribute to the music and spirit of John Lennon, an advocate of world peace. Japan’s top musical talent gather each year to perform his songs along with Yoko Ono herself, and the proceeds are used to fund the construction and renovation of schools in Asia and Africa. 85 schools in 22 countries have been donated from the past eight concerts.
DONATION REPORT 2009
The 9th annual concert held on December 8 last year at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan was participated by 15 acts consisting of 20 individuals including Yoko Ono, and will lead to the aid of ten schools in seven Asian, African, and Latin American countries. We would like to once again give our heartfelt thanks to the artists who performed at the event as well as to everyone who helped make it a success.
The schools that will receive donations from the 2009 concert
Ban Saeprai School
With 254 students attending the school, the current building does not have enough classrooms to accommodate them. Children are forced to study in a wallless, makeshift classroom that is rendered unusable when bad weather strikes. This is hardly an ideal learning environment, and we will construct a new building to replace the makeshift structure.
Van Han Primary School
Three of the school’s five classrooms are housed in makeshift structures that could potentially collapse. Sanitary/water facilities are also lacking, posing health risks for the children who attend. We will construct a new building, water facilities, and bathrooms, in addition to furnishing school supplies and providing groundskeeping to the playground.
Government School Mughom
74 children currently attend classes inside the makeshift structure that comprises their classroom, and the school cannot provide enough supplies to them. The funds will be used to erect a new building and furnish supplies.
Domangli Primary School
The school is attended by 385 students, and has six classrooms, all of which are growing decrepit. With no toilet facilities, the children must relieve themselves outside, exposing them to sanitary risks and snakebites. We will renovate the six classrooms, build lavatories, and supply school equipment.
The Dominican Republic
Juan Esteban Primary School
The school does not have enough classrooms for its 216 students, and classes are held in overcrowded conditions. We will construct a new building to help address these issues.
Arturo Quezada School
The school does not have enough classrooms for its 141 students, and two of its six classrooms are particularly decrepit, with first-grade students not even having a room of their own. We will construct a new building to help address these issues.
Patzocon Primary School
The school cur rently has 113 students attending class in two classrooms. With wind and rain blowing into its windowless, dim rooms, the learning environment is extremely inadequate. We will construct a new building to help address these issues.
Pahoj Primary School
82 students attend this school. The classroom is makeshift, with the roof leaking whenever it rains. Sanitary facilities are inadequate, exposing the children to health hazards. We will construct a new building to help address these issues.
San Miguel Mojon School
167 students attend this school, and three of its four classrooms are poorly built makeshift structures. With the student population expected to exceed 200 in 2010, the lack of classroom space will become an even bigger problem. To address this, the donation will be used to construct a new building.
Hierba Buena School
380 students attend class in five classrooms, amounting to an average of 76 students per room. In addition to this overcrowded environment, the aging of the building is also a serious issue. We will construct a new building to address this.
The schools that received donations from the 2007 concert
With many children denied schooling due to lack of means, Burkina Faso is one of the most undereducated countries in Africa.
Kamsaongho Primary School
Built in a community that previously had no school, this new threeclassroom school with solar panels now provides an excellent school environment to the local and surrounding communities. Supplies such as desks have been provided, and 90 students currently attend, making better progress with their schoolwork thanks to the improved environment.
“I’m so happy and proud that we have a school in our village now. We’re learning how to read, write, and count numbers using books and chalkboards. I love going to school.”
– 1st-grader, Kamsaongho Primary School
Although the Cambodian constitution imposes nine years of compulsory education, the school enrollment rate is very low. Rural regions in particular, owing to the long commutes, lack of teachers, and the high costs of schooling, have been slow to embrace education.
Kantuoth Primary School
Due to the lack of school materials and facilities, children in this community do not have access to high-quality education, with many being held back a year or dropping out. But the construction of a new school building complete with a library changed all that, and the 326 students are now able to attend classes in a much better learning environment. The new books help the children build their knowledge and maintain their curiosity.
“I’m very happy that we now have a library at school, so that I can read lots of interesting books.”
– 12-year-old student, Kantuoth Primary School
There is a huge wealth gap within China, with poverty a serious issue in its rural, inland areas. This region is no exception, and its schools are beset by the lack of classroom space, inadequate facilities, and aging buildings.
Xi Cao Primary School
A new building was constructed housing two classrooms, a cooking room, and four additional rooms serving as boarding rooms for the teachers. The five existing boarding rooms were also renovated. This has greatly helped to enhance the learning and living environment for children and teachers alike.
Gaoba Primary School
A new boarding facility for boys living away from home was built. These children, who previously lived under the constant fear of the building collapsing on them, are now able to live in a safe, sanitary environment.
“I love the new dorm. It’s clean and stays dry when it rains.”
– 5th-grade student, Gaoba Primary School
In 2003, the Kenyan government decreed that the first eight years of elementary education would be compulsory and free. This led to a sharp surge in the school-going population, and many schools now suffer from a lack of classroom space and teaching materials due to the limited government budget.
Naya Primary School
With the previous school wrecked by a hurricane, the 420 students attending this school were forced to attend classes outdoors in the tree shade. A new building housing four classrooms has been erected, greatly improving the children’s learning environment. Windbreak trees have also been planted.
“I’ve always wanted to attend class in a clean classroom, and my dream has finally come true. Thank you so much for the wonderful building.”
– 6th-grader, Naya Primary School
Many schools in the country’s impoverished rural areas lack classroom space and are so old that the building is at risk of collapsing.
Kawayan Elementary School
The students were constantly exposed to the risk of the aged building collapsing on them. However, with a brand new four-classroom building, the school’s 141 students and teachers can now conduct classes in a clean, safe environment.
“I’m so happy that we have clean rooms now. There’s a ceiling fan now, so it’s easier for us to concentrate now because we no longer feel dizzy with the heat like we used to.”
– 3rd-grader, Kawayan Elementary School
Pedro C. Sese, Sr. Memorial High School
Lacking enough classroom space to accommodate all of its students, learning conditions were very poor at this school, and many students elected to drop out. But with a new building now complete with school supplies, conditions have greatly improved.
“The new classrooms have given us a great environment for studying, and not only that, we also have new desks and chairs. We’ll take good care of them so that other students will be able to use them too.”
– 3rd-grade student, Pedro C. Sese, Sr. Memorial High School
Balangkayan National High School
15% of the students are malnourished and many end up dropping out. School lunches and proper nutritional education were needed, but with a new cafeteria complete with cooking equipment and eating space, the school can now provide clean lunches to its 650 students.
The tsunami that struck the region in December 2004 devastated every coastal region in the country except for the northwest. The disaster claimed over 30,000 victims, and many children lost their family or their homes.
Gamunupura Primary School
The school is undersized and old, and classes had to be canceled every time bad weather struck. A new, spacious, four-classroom building has been built, however, complete with school supplies. The learning environment improved greatly, and we are already seeing an increase in the school enrollment and better attendance rates from current students.
“It used to be difficult with the old classroom. The rooms were made of plywood and had no walls, so the rain would blow in wetting our desks and books. But we now have this new building, which is very important to us.”
– Student, Gamunupura Primary School
Many schools in the country’s rural regions suffer from lack of classroom space and facilities, and aging buildings. The government lacks the budget to address these issues.
Ban Praipattana School
Located in a poor rural region, the school building was decrepit and lacked classroom space. A new building for kindergarteners, who previously did not have their own classroom, was built. The learning environment was greatly improved, and children are more motivated now.
“I love the new building. It’s a lot better than the old one, and it’s clean. I want to go to school every day.”
– Six-year-old student, Ban Praipattana School
95 schools in 26 countries have been donated from the efforts of the 141 artists who performed in the past nine concerts.
Perma Secondary School (2008)
Dargouma Village Elementary School (2001)
Kamsaongho Primary School (2007)
Samrong Primary School (2003)
Sandan Primary School (2003)
Angkor Thom Junior High School (2003)
Kantuoth Primary School (2007)
GS Pomla Hamayero Primary School (2008)
Government School Mughom (2009)
Yanzichuan Village Elementary School (2001)
Sishang Primary School (2002)
Gaojiawashang Primary School (2002)
Shenjiawan Primary School (2002)
Liujjiawa Village School (2002)
Shiziyan Village School (2002)
Gaoqiao Primary School (2004)
Han Village Primary School (2004)
Xuxipan Primary School (2004)
Dong Lian Primary School (2005)
Kang Le Primary School (2005)
Zhan Ma Yan Primary School (2006)
Namcun Junior High School (2006)
Xi Cao Primary School (2007)
Gaoba Primary School (2007)
Juan Esteban Primary School (2009)
Cotolau Primary School (2004)
Balibar Primary School (2004)
Arturo Quezada School (2009)
Dogoso Primary School (2008)
Lemlem Primary School (2008)
Lemlem Junior Secondary School (2008)
Domangli Primary School (2009)
Patzocon Primary School (2009)
Pahoj Primary School (2009)
San Miguel Mojon School (2009)
Hierba Buena School (2009)
Ndeleou District Elementary School (2001)
Heremakono District Elementary School (2001)
Waoutoh District Elementary School (2001)
Kango District Elementary School (2001)
Yendenin District Elementary School (2001)
Koindou District Elementary School (2001)
Cambeidare Primary School (2003)
Tabanane Primary School (2003)
Salia Primary School (2003)
Fa-Mandinga Primary School (2003)
Tuju Primary School (2004)
Ndhere Primary School (2004)
Dagamoyo Primary School (2004)
Naya Primary School (2007)
Kadweya School (2002)
Kaswadongo Junior Primary School (2002)
Mkanda Full Primary School (2005)
Janta Primary School (2005)
Ramsita Secondary School (2005)
Shree Rastria Nimna School (2005)
Bhanu Nimn Madhyamik Vidhyalaya School (2006)
Shree Primary School (2006)
Girls Primary School Maira (2002)
Girls Secondary School Gah (2002)
Sisim-Minanga Elementary School (2001)
Minanga Elementary School (2001)
Cag-abaca Elementary School (2006)
Palanas High School (2006)
Kawayan Elementary School (2007)
Pedro C. Sese, Sr. Memorial High School (2007)
Balangkayan National High School (2007)
Getigo Elementary School (2008)
Talisay Elementary School (2008)
Keur Madiabel II Elementary School (2003)
Velingara Elementary School (2003)
Sam Ndiaye Primary School (2006)
Ndiakhipe Niang School (2006)
Church of God School (2004)
Netolpitiya M.V. (2003)
Chulabhaya M.V. (2003)
Bambaragalayaya K.V. (2003)
Berminiyanwila Primary School (2005)
Neolpitiya Primary School (2005)
Ratwatte Tea Plantation School (2006)
Balakaduwamuslim School (2006)
Gamunupura Primary School (2007)
Amani Primary School (2008)
Ban Toom Primary School (2006)
Wanponkumnamkliang School (2006)
Ban Praipattana School (2007)
Ban Tongton School (2008)
Ban Saeprai School (2009)
EPP Pagala Rails G/A Primary School (2005)
EPP Pagala Rails G/B Primary School (2005)
EPP Kazaboua C Primary School (2005)
Tan Long Primary School (2001)
Lai Binh Primary School (2008)
Cua Mec Pre-school (2008)
Van Han Primary School (2009)
Tikondane Primary School (2002)
*The years in parentheses refer to the year that the concert was held.
*This includes schools that were constructed, renovated or added on to, as well as construction or renovation of kindergartens, dorms and school libraries.
Issued 24 March 2010 by
John Lennon Music Festival Committee
1-20-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0031 Japan