As part of a for-profit social enterprise, the drums are also used as a platform for raising funds to plan and implement other humanitarian and development projects in West Africa. When a drum is sold online, donations are accepted to support deaf students, Liberian orphans, and clean water projects. Drum sales also cover any overhead or administrative costs associated with operating Africa Heartwood Project, with a portion of proceeds going to project implementation as well.
There are additional benefits to this project that we didn’t originally foresee. For example, our drums are an important part of keeping traditional African drum and dance cultures alive, and sharing their joy with the the world. By enabling the ongoing production and international trade of traditional African instruments, the music, drum and dance cultures from which these instruments come are revitalized and enhanced. By connecting the old traditions to the modern market, the old traditions are kept alive and relevant. And, those who buy and play the instruments are connecting to people and traditions from a beautiful culture they might have otherwise missed. The rhythms and music from West Africa inspire a sense of community, gratitude, and self-expression in all those who encounter them. Africa Heartwood Project brings these traditions into your home for you and your family to enjoy, while at the same time making an important difference.
We encourage you to support the ongoing success of this project by purchasing an Authentic African Djembe drum or instrument from one of our fine retail partners so that you can experience the tradition, culture and beauty that only West Africa can provide. Donations are also required to provide the administrative infrastructure required to operate the social enterprise when profits are low. Your generosity and intent makes a difference in the world. Begin now.