In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below is a selection from Meghan Griffith’s entries. Read journal entries from Denise Oliveras and Meera Sinha.
By Megan Griffith
August 16, 2016
Today we traveled to the orphanage of La Ciudad del Nino, and finished the day with some group music therapy with the children there. The children that end up here generally have a traumatic background and are underdeveloped or at risk. It really hit me how much I wanted to help when we were singing a song that was about everything having a solution. During the song, a child of around six years of age turned to another child and in Spanish said “no, not everything.”