Three Days Grace is using music to bridge the gap between countries.
In 2018, Three Days Grace’s Neil Sanderson and Matt Walst travelled to the Mwatate and Taveta communities near Nairobi in Kenya. The band was accompanied by World Vision Canada.
Three Days Grace was inspired by programs in support of abuse victims, those with disabilities and clean water projects. It inspired Sanderson and Walst to give back in their own way.
Three Days Grace started the 3DG Kenya Project to protect Kenyan children from violence and provides them with clean water. $1 from every ticket sale of their 2018 Canadian fall tour went towards this project.
“We were inspired everywhere we went and by everyone we met because what we experienced isn’t what we thought it would be,” Sanderson said. “I learned that poverty is not hopelessness. Hope is around every corner, sometimes you just have to look for it.”
“When you meet communities of families and children who mostly live off $2 a day, but greet you with the biggest smiles and are so full of hope and resilience, it makes you take stock of your life and how lucky we are to be born in Canada,” he continued. “We were given every resource and freedom to create opportunities at making a career as a band. Now we have an opportunity to use our career to build awareness and invite our fans from all over the world to join us at creating change to people that can use a hand up.”
The video was released in celebration of International Humanitarian Day.