Norwegian rap duo puts smiles on former street children

A famous Norwegian rap band, ‘Karpe Diem’, has been in the country to support UNICEF in improving the lives of young children. The band, composed of two dynamic male artists, Chirag Patel, 25, and Magdi Abdelmaguid, 26, an official from UNICEF-Norway and a production crew from Humorkuelden television, arrived July 5, and will return to Norway today, July 9.
‘Karpe Diem’ with some of the kids at Fidesco.
‘Karpe Diem’ with some of the kids at Fidesco.

A famous Norwegian rap band, ‘Karpe Diem’, has been in the country to support UNICEF in improving the lives of young children.

The band, composed of two dynamic male artists, Chirag Patel, 25, and Magdi Abdelmaguid, 26, an official from UNICEF-Norway and a production crew from Humorkuelden television, arrived July 5, and will return to Norway today, July 9.

They visited former street children, as well as children who have been supported by a HIV Prevention Aid Treatment Programme. The group spent two days at Fidesco, a centre that integrates street children with their families. Among them, Eric Habimana and Claude Habinama have been integrated with their parents. 

Patel and Magdi performed and taught the children their song titled ‘Tog’ meaning (Train)—kids also took part and entertained their guests in different songs and dances.
“UNICEF asked us to stage a concert in Norway to fundraise for poor children and we were happy to be come to Rwanda,” Magdi said.

He added, “Rwanda is a beautiful country with nice people. We also had a great time with the children.”

“We often stage concerts for charity and its everyone’s responsibility to help the poor,” Patel added.

The band will perform  in Norway to raise funds for UNICEF. UNICEF supports the government of Rwanda and civil societies to help improve systems for the protection of children in the country.

Christophe Habiyambere, the director of the centre said Fidesco-Rwanda was founded in 1992 by, Cyprian and Daphrose Rugamba, who wanted to “do something” for those kids starving in the streets of Kigali.

“Currently, we have 25 children whom we help street children live a normal life and to integrate them with their families. We also provide them with education and treatment,” Habiyambere added.

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