The Meaning of 'Bela Musana'
October 26, 2018
The first time the founder of Paper Fig Foundation, Laurie DeJong, heard the Swahili phrase Bela Musana was in an off-Broadway show produced by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews. The performance resonated with Laurie's own community development experiences in Uganda and Rwanda and her desire to continue to cultivate relationships made there long after she returned to her busy life as CEO of a leading event production agency in New York.
“Bela Musana means Be the Light,” says DeJong, “and I think we all need to walk with that intention. With the world in such turmoil, you never know what challenges people are facing. So a smile, a kind word, or even a small donation can go a long way and can create a ripple effect around the world."
In 2016, Laurie and the Paper Fig Foundation teamed up with Matt and Griffin for the very first Bela Musana fundraiser event which helped the foundation grow its programming and achieve substantive impact in the rural and metropolitan areas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Nigeria.
Now in 2018, the team is back together again, with even more songs and inspiring performances that further tell the story of the important work of the Paper Fig Foundation. Please join us!