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HWMCO The Pearl of Children's Peace, Joy and Love

HWMCO is an independent grassroot registered charity organization founded to build a better future for the needy vulnerable children and defending their rights to have an honest living.

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First of all, I want to thank God for the gift of life he has given us all, also thanking my mother for being there for me in all situations, thanking also the legend Michael Jackson who inspired me towards the mission I am doing, I want to thank the children and lastly HWMCO Friends who understand the meaning of Humanity, Equality and Charity. I am by names Happy the Founder and Director of Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) born and raised in Uganda.

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Micheal Jackson

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh of nine children…

Nelson mandela

Nelson Mandela was born on July-18-1918, from the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa.

Jose Antonio Abreu

Jose Antonio Abreu was a Venezuelan Orchestra Conductor, Pianist, economist, educator, activist, and political

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We thank you all who are supporting us and giving us a bright future, we shall always do everything with all your support so that we become great children in this world and we help our fellow new generation who are coming, we share with them the true heart of love, giving and sharing as we build our country Uganda and other Nations where God will send us.
Thanks you all for supporting us and our amazing Organization HWMCO which has brought light in our lives.


We the management and the team of HWMCO take this opportunity to appreciate and thank everyone who is supporting us both financially, voluntarily and spreading of the children’s work plus the Organization. We are here to serve and make a difference; it is your support that has made a difference in the children. We thank you all and may the almighty God bless you all as we heal this world and build the future of these innocent poor children. Thank you…thank you!

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First of all, I want to thank God for the gift of life he has given us all, also thanking my mother for being there for me in all situations, thanking also the legend Michael Jackson who inspired me towards the mission I am doing, I want to thank the children and lastly HWMCO Friends who understand the meaning of Humanity, Equality and Charity. I am by names Happy the Founder and Director of Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) born and raised in Uganda.

On behalf of the children and the team, I want to warmly welcome you all to Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) the Pearl of children’s Joy, Peace and Love. Heal The World Miracle Community Organization is officially registered and mainly is based only in Uganda. Registration Number; KDLG/CBS/1238.

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) is an independent grass root registered charity Organization founded to build a better future for the needy vulnerable children and defending of their rights to have a honest living. A lot of attention is paid on the meaning of Peace, Love, Unity and Music which plays an important role to development and building the lives of the needy vulnerable children.

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) is for all people of all kinds who understand the meaning of Humanity, Equality and Charity; that means no hate, no discrimination and no racism but only true love which brings Unity, Joy, Peace and development. All the future partnerships will be shared on our official website.

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) conducts different activities which include, Music Brass band, Craft Making, Education and lastly the Miracle Youth Soccer Academy (MYSA) under games and sports.

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) associates and have mainly needy vulnerable children coming from poor families boys girls and boys from the age of 5 years to 18 years but the majority ranging from 5 years to 14 years. These are the future generation and our focus is upon these beautiful little children.

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) has both the short term plans and the long term plans.
The Short-term Plan; it includes sponsoring children to attend only the primary education school to have a basic certificate of primary leaving examination, Certificate which help them join vocational institute (studies) at Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO).

The Long-term plan; it includes building of the Miracle Joy Center (MJ-Center) which will be a vocational institute for many needy Vulnerable children. After realizing the Miracle Joy Center (MJ-Center), we shall later also build the Miracle Joy Orphanage (MJ-Orphanage) which will be for all the needy vulnerable children who have no both parents (mother and father). As soon it is fully completed, this will involve adding more projects like; the chicken farm (mainly for Eggs), the cattle rearing (mainly for milk), soccer fields, Gardens and many others.

The plans can be realized when we join hands all together and create a strong team of humanitarian who understand Humanity, Equality and Charity (A heart of giving with true love but not with conditions) to make HWMCO a Heaven for the needy vulnerable children. As I have a saying; Coming together is A beginning, Keeping together is A progress, Working together is A success, Together we can is A heaven, And Heaven is Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO).

Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) has only one Official Website; www.hwmco.org and all information concerning the Organization and the children can be checked or visited on the Official Website. Be careful of other Organizations and Charities that may have/similar name with ours because we don’t associate/work with them, and if we are involved we shall share it publically on our Official Website. All copyrights of the Organization name (HWMCO) belongs to Heal The World Miracle Community Organization.

With my last words, we have all to understand Black or White, Rich or Poor, we are all the same and we are one. The greatest gift of all is the true love. With those few words I want to warmly welcome you once again to Heal The World Miracle Community Organization (HWMCO) the Pearl of children’s Joy, Peace and Love.
Enjoy the beautiful song of the children and the message from it. It’s all for Love.

For God And My Country.

Happy Diho Mbabazi Jr.
Founder – Director of HWMCO.

HWMCO – We Build For The Future.
Together we can.

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. (Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, LaToya, Marlon, Michael, Randy, Janet).

Michael’s success started with him becoming the lead singer of The Jackson 5; In later years they became The Jacksons. It was in the 1980’s that Michael decided to leave The Jacksons and focus on a solo career.

Michael’s career is unparalleled in the history of music business, and so is the media’s never stopping hunger for gossip about him. Michael’s accomplishments in the 1980’s made him the most influential musician of the decade, a living legend, famous all over the world.


Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian from his heart, ever since he was a little boy. His mother, Katherine, remembers how he, as young boy, he set up a little candy shop around the back of their house, and spent his weekly allowance on candy to give away to the neighborhood kids. This would turn out to be just the beginning of a life devoted to caring about children and showing them unconditional love.

Kaherine Jackson also remembers how she and Michael, still being a young boy at that time, watched a documentary on tv one day about the less fortunate children in Africa that brought him to tears. Michael turned toward her and said, “One day, mother, I am going to do something about this. I know I can’t heal the world, but I can help.”

Michael has definitely kept his promise, not only toward the less fortunate children in Africa, but towards thousands and thousands of needy children all over the world. During his entire life, Michael Jackson was a most generous person, not only sharing his wealth, but also his time and his warmth.

Michael wanted to put smiles on children’s faces to make them happy. He paid attention to hospitalized children, children suffering from cancer, orphans, war victims, and disabled or disadvantaged children; just every needy child he could reach out to. He would read or tell them stories, play with them, teach them how to play chess, present them with books, toys, records, video games, concert tickets, or sometimes, just give them some affection. He made it his habit to visit orphanages and children’s wards of hospitals everywhere he went. He wanted to warm all these children’s hearts by coating them with love…his unconditional love that came straight from his heart. Never ever did Michael ask for anything in return.

As humble as Michael was, he NEVER choose to seek publicity while visiting children in hospitals and orphanages. He preferred to keep it private since he was doing these things from his heart as a human being, not because he happened to be Michael Jackson.

List of Charities Michael Jackson Helped.

Michael Jackson did a lot of work with charities, many of which was to help special needs children. Below is a list of his charitable contributions:

January 10, 1984: Michael visits the unit for burn victims at Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.

April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibroses is invited to Michael’s home. It was David’s last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.

April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.

July 5, 1984: During the Jackson’s press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.

July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.

December 13, 1984: Micheal visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing of a pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Micheal Jackson Burn for children.

January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record “We Are The World”, written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.

1986: Michael set up the “Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund”. This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.

February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson.
He had heard that she is a big fan of him. Michael invites her to his home as soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.

September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He supports efforts of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), to fight prejudices against black artists.

October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be for the education of children in developing countries.

February 1, 1988: The Song “Man In the Mirror” enters the charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.

March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.

May 22, 1988: Michael visits children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and gives away sweets and records to the little patients. He promises a check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.

July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children’s hospital at Great Ormond Street.

July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer and tells a story.

August 29, 1988: At his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in Leeds, England for the English charity-organization “Give For Life”. The goal of this organization is the immunization of children. Michael presents a check for 65,000 pounds.

December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against his former wife.

January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael’s shows in Los Angeles are donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael, Childhelp of Southern California is founding the “Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse”.

January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals, orphanages and charity-organizations.

February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at the school’s playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been wounded.

March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.

November 13, 1989: The organization “Wishes Granted” helps 4-year-old Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael invites the little boy to a performance of Canadian acrobats.

December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his holidays on Michael’s ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination of AIDS victims.

January 6, 1990: Michael invites 82 abused and neglected children through Childhelp to his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a barbeque and a movie show provided for them.

July 1990: 45 children from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for children with life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland Valley.

August 18, 1990: Michael invites 130 children of the YMCA summer program of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch.

May 6, 1991: Michael is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event. Michael supports her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.

July 26, 1991: Michael pays a visit to the Youth Sports & Art Foundation in Los Angeles. This Foundation supports families of gang members, and helps dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talks to the kids and presents them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.

December 1991: Michael’s office MJJ Productions treats needy families in Los Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.

February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally handicapped children.

February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the New York Radio City Music Hall, Michael announces that he is planning a new world tour, to raise funds for his new “Heal The World” Foundation. This Foundation will support the fight against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will support the Camp Ronald McDonald and the Make A Wish Foundation.

May 6, 1992: Michael defrays the funeral-expenses for Ramon Sanchez, who was killed during the Los Angeles riots.

June 23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael makes an announcement about his Heal The World Foundation.

June 26, 1992: Michael presents the Mayor of Munich, Mr. Kronawitter, with a 40,000 DM-check for the needy people of the city.

June 29, 1992: Michael visits the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam and presents a check for 100,000 pounds.

July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children’s charities in Estonia and Latvia.

July 25, 1992: On the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland, Michael announces that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour earnings to various charities.

July 29, 1992: Michael visits the Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital in London. To the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Euro-Disney to the hospital.

July 31, 1992: On the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael presents Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust.

August 16, 1992: 6 year old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight caused by a life aiding cancer surgery, meets Michael backstage in Leeds, England.

September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by the Queen of Spain.

September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for 500 orphans which Michael has financed. Michael discusses his Heal The World Foundation.

October 1, 1992: Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for worldwide television broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to the numerous orphanages the country is known for.

November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises the loading of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined for Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with AmeriCares to bring resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo. They will be allocated under the supervision of the United Nations.

December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the American Ambassy in Tokyo Michael is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal The World Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.

December 26, 1992: During a broadcast request for donations to the United Negro College Fund, Michael declares: “Black Colleges and Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud, that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a qualified education.”

January 19, 1993: Michael is one of the stars to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sings “Gone Too Soon” he draws the attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and mentions his friend Ryan White.

January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000 donation from the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl. He gets another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation. At this occasion the foundation of “Heal L.A.” is officially announced.

February 1993: In association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children’s hospitals, children’s homes, and children’s charities throughout the U.K.

March 1993: The foundation of an independent film company is announced. They will produce family-oriented movies. A part of the earnings will go to the Heal The World Foundation.

March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.

April 26, 1993: Within his “Heal LA” tour, Michael visits the Watta Health Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.

May 5, 1993: Former President Jimmy Carter and Michael, who are chairmen of the “Heal Our Children/Heal The World” initiative, are in Atlanta to promote their “Atlanta Project Immunization Drive”.

June 1993: Michael has announced that he will donate $1.25 million for children who have suffered from the riots in Los Angeles.

June 1993: 100 children from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club visit Neverland.

June 10, 1993: Michael promotes the new DARE-program. The purpose of the program is to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.

June 18, 1993: Michael pays a visit to a hospital in Washington. He spends several hours with the young patients and plays chess with some of them.

August 1993: With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000 to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s charity, the Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund, in support of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.

August 1993: In conjunction with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new ambulances to the Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

October 1993: Donated $100,000 to the Children’s Defense Fund, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl Clubs of Newark, New Jersey.

October 22, 1993: Michael visits a hospital in Santiago.

October 28, 1993: Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged children to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko (“Free Willy”) is living.

November 5, 1993: Michael is guest at a children’s party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mexico City.

December 1993: With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.

December 16, 1993: The Heal The World Foundation UK supports “Operation Christmas Child” delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children in former Yugoslavia.

1994: Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation.

January 7, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Michael gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland Ranch.

February 22, 1994: “The Jackson Family Honors” is televised. The earnings of the show are given to their own newly formed charity, “Family Caring for Families”.

August 6, 1994: Michael and his wife Lisa Marie are visiting two children’s hospitals in Budapest. They distribute toys to the ill children.
1995: Michael wants to free dolphins who have been locked up for years. He believes there should be legal guidelines about the way dolphins have to live in zoos and parks.

March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery and the cost for caring. 

June 21, 1996: Michael donated a four-times platinum disc of “HIStory” in aid of the Dunblane appeal at the Royal Oak Hotel, Sevenoaks in England.

July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath of flowers for youngsters who have been killed during the fights involving Apartheid.

September 1996: The first Sports Festival “Hope” was held for orphans and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part in the Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special guest.

September 6, 1996: Michael visits the children’s unit of a hospital in Prague.

October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the sold out performance in Kaoshiung.

October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert to “The National Solidarity Fund”, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty.

October 3, 1996: Michael visits a children’s hospital and brings small gifts for the patients during a HIStory tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the hospital (for parents who want to be with their children) is named after Michael.

November 1, 1996: Michael donates most of the earnings from a HIStory concert in Bombay, India to the poor people of the country.

November 7, 1996: Before his first concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Michael fulfills the wish of little Emely Smith, who is suffering from cancer, who wants to meet Michael.

November 25, 1996: Michael visited the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with children.

December 9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila, Michael visits a children’s hospital. He announces that a part of his concert earnings will be donated to the renovation of the hospital.

January 25, 1997: Michael waved his personal fee for his Bombay appearance and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children living in slums.

April 4, 1997: British magazine “OK!” is publishing exclusive photos of Michael’s son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for the photos. Michael donates the money to charity.

June 18, 1997: Michael signed the “Children in Need” book auctioned by the charity UNESCO.

September 1998: Michael meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from cancer, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to the attraction “Star Trek: The Experience” and spends the rest of the afternoon with the little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza to spend some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.

November 16, 1998: Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the American Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The delegation thanks the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the peace in this area.

September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for 1,000,000 South African rand for the “Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.”

January 22, 2000: During Christmas last year a violent storm ravaged the park of the Chateau de Versailles and destroyed 10,000 trees in the park. The estimated cost for rebuilding the park is around $20 million. Some celebrities are supporting the restoration of the park. French officials are reporting that Michael Jackson is one of them. He was one of the first people to donate money to this cause.

October 28, 2000:Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the “Carousel of Hope Ball” benefiting childhood diabetes research.

March 6, 2001: Michael donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and a jacket worn at the Monaco Music Awards in 2000 to the Movie Action for Children auction, an event being given by UNICEF with all proceeds will going to UNICEF’s efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa.

March 26, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ theater. The event, which helped to launch the Michael Jackson International Book Club, part of his new Heal the Kids charity, aims to promote childhood reading and encourage parents to return to reading bedtime stories.

September 15, 2002: Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items consisting of CD’s, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support of the victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were auctioned off for charity and managed to raise 3935 Euro (US$ 3,814).

October 12, 2002: Michael Jackson invited more than 200 Team Vandenberg members, who recently returned from overseas deployments, and their families to his Neverland Ranch. This was to show his appreciation for the sacrifices the military in his community make.

November 19-29, 2002: Michael donated an autographed teddy bear dressed in his likeness to Siegfried & Roy’s celebrity teddy bear auction. This auction benefits Opportunity Village which is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas (USA) that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Michael’s autographed teddy bear raised $5,000 for the charity.

November 21, 2002: Michael donated a jacket to the The Bambi Charity Event in Berlin which raised $16,000.

April 25, 2002: Michael Jackson performed at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem helping to raise nearly $3 million dollars towards voter registration.

June 2003: The Wolf family, who experienced serious damages to their belongings during the flood in Saxony, Germany last August, was invited to Berlin by Michael Jackson when he was at the Bambi Awards. On that occasion Michael invited them to Neverland. In June, they spent three days at Neverland, meeting Michael and his children.

HWMCO SayMichael Jackson is an angel to all children and we are so proud that through his good, loving and caring heart, it brought light to many children and the world. The birth of HWMCO is the inspiration from Michael Jackson to our dearest Founder of the Organization. We Are One and it’s all for Love.

HWMCO – We Build For The Future.
Together we can.

Nelson Mandela was born on July-18-1918, from the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was a man who touched hearts and souls. His tireless struggle for freedom and human dignity earned him the respect of the world. He committed himself to bringing peace and became a symbol of reconciliation. Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison. He was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment for political offenses, including sabotage at first. It was thanks to his ending up in prison, though, that the world started to impose sanctions on South Africa, leading to the abandonment of Apartheid (the policy of racial segregation and discrimination that existed for many years in South Africa) by the government and, ultimately, Mandela regaining his freedom in 1990.

Once a free man again, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and helped lead South Africa to its first, free, democratic election. Nelson Mandela was elected the country’s first black president in 1994. As president, he faced the huge task of forging a new nation out of the deep racial injustices left over from the Apartheid era.

It was during this period that Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson, sharing a mutual devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes, became friends. In July 1996, Michael Jackson attended a private birthday party for President Mandela. Two days later he made a brief courtesy call at the president’s official Pretoria home. Michael told reporters, “This is a wonderful, lovely man. I love Nelson Mandela very much.” The two posed for photographers, Michael embracing Nelson Mandela with a broad smile.

HWMCO Say: Nelson Mandela is the father of fathers in Africa. He is a freedom fighter and loved children. We shall follow his footsteps of fighting for freedom and the rights of the children. We are brothers and sisters.

HWMCO – We Build For The Future.
Together we can.

Jose Antonio Abreu was a Venezuelan Orchestra Conductor, Pianist, economist, educator, activist, and political best known for his association with El Sistema. He was born on May 7th 1939 in Velera, Venezuela.

Inspirational speech.

My dear friends, ladies and gentlemen: I am overjoyed today at being a warded the “Ted Price”. On behalf of all the distinguished music teachers, artists and educators from Venezuela who have selflessly and loyally accompanied me for 35 years in founding, growing and developing in Venezuela the National System of Youth and children’s Orchestras and Choirs.

Since I was a boy, in my early childhood, I always wanted to be a musician, and thank God, I made it. From my teachers, my family and my community, I had all the necessary support to become a musician. All my life I’ve dreamed that all Venezuela children have the same opportunity I had. From that desire and from my heart stemmed the idea to make music a deep and global reality for my country.

From the very first rehearsal, I saw the bright future ahead, because the rehearsal meant a great challenge to me. I had received a donation of fifty music stands to be used by one hundred boys in that rehearsal. When I arrived at the rehearsal, only eleven kids had showed up and I said to myself. Do I close the program or multiply these kids?”. I decided to face the challenge, and on that same night, I decided to face the challenge, and on that same night, I promised those eleven children I’d turn our Orchestra into one of the leading Orchestras in the world. Two months ago I remembered that promise I made, when a distinguished English Critic published an article in the London times asking who could be the winner of the “Orchestra World Cup”. He mentioned four great world Orchestras, and the fifth one was Venezuela’s Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Today we can say that art in Latin America is no longer a monopoly of elites and that it has become a social right, a right for all the people.

Children’s say: There is no difference here between classes nor white or black, if you have money or not. Simply, if you are talented, if you have the Vocation and the will to be here, you get in, you share with us and make music End.

During the recent tour by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, of US and Europe we saw how our music moved young audiences to the bottom of their Souls, how many children and adolescents rushed up to the stage to receive the jackets from our musicians, how the standing ovations, sometimes 30 minutes long, seemed to last forever and how the public after the concert was over, went out into the street to greet our young people in triumph. This meant not only an artistic triumph, but also a profound emotional sympathy between the public of the most advanced nations of the world and the musical Youth of Latin America, as seen Venezuela, giving those audiences a message of music, vitality, energy, enthusiam and strength.

In it’s escence, the Orchestra and the Choir are much more than artistic structures: they are examples and schools of social life, because to sing and play together means to intimately Co exist towards perfection and excellence, following a strict discipline of organization and Coordination in order to seek the harmonic interdependence of voices and instruments, that’s how they build a spirit of solidarity and fraternity among them, develop their self-esteem and foster the ethical and aesthetical values related to the music in all its sense.

This is why music is immensely important in the awakening of sensibility, in the forgiving of values and in the traing of youngsters to teach other kids.

Children say: After all this time here music is life nothing else. Music is life, End.

Each teenager and child in “El Sistema” has his own story, and they are all important and of great significance to me. Let me mention the case of Edicson Ruiz. He is a boy from a parish in Caracas who passionately attended to his double bass lessons at the San Agustin’s Junior Orchestras. With his effort, and the support of his mother, his family and his community, he became a principal member in the double bass segment of the Berlin’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

We have another well-known case: Gustavo Dudamel. He started as a boy member of the children’s Orchestra in his home town, Barqui Simeto. There, he grew as violinist and as a conductor. He became the conductor of Venezuela’s Junior Orchestras, and today conducts the world’s greatest Orchestras. He is the musical director of Los Angeles Philharmonic, and still is the overall leader of Venezuela’s junior Orchestras. He was the conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and he’s an unbeatable example for young musicians in Latin America and the world.

The structure of “El-Sistema” is based on a new and flexible managing style adapted to the features of each community and region and today attends to 300,000 children of the lower and middle class all over Venezuela.

It’s a program of social rescue and deep cultural transformation designed to the whole Venezuelan society with absolutely no distinctions whatsoever, but emphasizing on the vulnerable and endangered social groups.

The effect of “El- Sistema” is felt in three fundamentals circles: In the Personal/Social circle, in the family circle and in the community.

In the personal/social circle, the children in the Orchestras and Choir develop their intellectual and emotional side. The music becomes a source for developing the dimensions of the human being, thus elevating the spirit and leading man to a full development of his personality, so, the emotional and intellectual profits are huge: the acquisition of leadership, teaching and training

principles; the sense of commitment, responsibility, generosity and dedication to others; and the individual contribution to achieve great collective goals. All this leads to the development of self-esteem and confidence. Mother Teresa of Calcutta insisted on something that always impressed me: the most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread or roof, but the feeding of being no-one, the feeling of not being anyone, the lack of identification, the lack of public esteem. That’s why the child’s development in the Orchestra and the Choir provides him with a noble identity and makes him a role model for his family and community. It makes him a better student at school because it inspires him a sense of responsibility, perseverance and punctuality that will greatly help him at school. Within the family, the parent’s support is unconditional.

The child becomes a role model for both his parents, and this is very important for a poor child once the child discovers he is important for his family, he begins to seek new ways of improving himself and hopes better for himself and his community. Also hopes social and economic improvements for his own family. All this makes up a constructive and ascending social dynamic. The large majority of our children belong, as I already mentioned, to the most vulnerable strata of the Venezuelan population. That encourages them to embrace new dreams, new goals, and progress in the various opportunities the music was to offer.

Finally, in the circle of the community, the Orchestras prove to be creative spaces of culture and source of exchange of new meanings.
The spontaneity music has excludes it as a luxury item and makes it a patrimony of society. It’s what makes a child play a violin at home, while his father works in his carpentry. It’s what makes a little girl play the clarinet at home, while her mother does the housework. The idea is that the families join with pride and joy in the activities of the Orchestras and Choirs their children belong to.

The huge spiritual world that music produces in itself, which also lies within itself, ends up overcoming material poverty.
From the minute a child is taught how to play an instrument, he is no longer poor he becomes a child in progress heading for a professional level, who will later become a full citizen.

Needless to say that music is the number one prevention against prostitution, violence, bad habits and everything degrading of the life of a child.

A few years ago, historian Arnold Toynbee said that the world was suffering a huge Spiritual Crisis, not an economic on a social Crisis, but a spiritual one. I believe that to confront such Crisis, only art and religion can give proper answers to humanity, to mankind’s deepest aspirations, and to the historic demands of our times. Being education the synthesis of wisdom and knowledge, it’s the means to strive for a more perfect, more aware, more noble and more just society.

With passion and enthusiasm we pay profound respects to TED, for it’s outstanding humanism the scope of it’s principles, and for it’s open and generous promotion of young values. We Hope that TED can contribute in a full and fundamental way to the building of this new era in the teaching of Music, in which the social, communal, Spiritual and Vindicatory aims of the child and the adolescent become a beacon and a goal for a vast social mission. No longer putting society at the service of art and much less at the service of monopolies of the elite, but instead art at the service of society , at the service of the weakest, at the service of the children, at the service of the sick, at the service of the vulnerable, and at the service of all those who cry for the vindication through the Spirit of their human condition and the raising up of their dignity.

HWMCO – We Build For The Future.
Together we can.