Dear New England Drumming Community,
Issa Coulibaly, a long time RI resident and fixture in the African Dance and Drumming community needs our help.
His wife, Batoma, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia, and with four children – the youngest two only 7 months and 2.5 years old – the family needs our help and supportHappily, they have health insurance, but Issa has hardly been able to work since Batoma’s diagnosis. He needs to be with his wife as much as possible in the hospital, for translation and support (she will be in-patient for a full month). Issa also needs to be with his young children as much as he can.
This coming Saturday, November 16th, there will be a benefit concert for Batoma Coulibaly at JamStage in Pawtucket, RI. Details of this event are posted on the New England Drummers community website. We just heard of this benefit today.
If you can not make the benefit concert, please know that you can help with a donation by messaging me at this email to help ease the stress on his family. If the local Rhode Island people would like to donate time or food, this link also has a place to sign up for different concrete needs.
Friends of Issa and Batoma
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