Treehaven 1. Arrival and greeting by Daddy Ray.

In the first of a series of short videos, Daddy Ray (Ray Barnett) greets South African Music For Life students as they arrive at Treehaven, a former bird park, now operating as a ‘retreat’ facility, in an initiative run by Music For Life and Friends In The West.

The students have come to Treehaven to undertake the Friends In The West, leadership and mentoring training programme, ‘African Odyssey’ – a course that promotes personal and spiritual development with an emphasis on leadership and teamwork. Friends In The West and Music For Life have sponsored this course as well as the normal academic education program for these students. This is because they regard an investment in their education as the most effective way to help them achieve their God-given potential in the long term.

These students have the potential to become leaders in their country, even though most have come from a background of poverty. In a world where too many children are being trained to kill and spread terror, our aim is to develop young leaders that will positively influence their generation for good. But we can only help them if people like you help us. In the first instance would you consider picking a student from the video and committing to praying for him/her.

Our aim is to see these students become self sufficient in the not too distant future, but for now they’re not in a position to pay for their education and development programs like African Odyssey. Therefore, we have to find ways to raise funds to cover these costs. Please help us if you can. You can donate via Paypal through this website. And please drop a line to Daddy Ray at ray@friendsinthewest.org and let him know if you are praying or giving. He loves to encourage the students and would love to pass on your messages, and he will request that they pray for you. Also please get in touch if you’d like to explore if Treehaven might be a suitable venue for your group to hold a retreat or conference, etc. Hiring out the facility helps pay for its upkeep and development.

Please return to the website for further videos and updates in the near future.