Hidden in remote mountainous central Taiwan, there is an aboriginal tribe village with an interesting name “ChinAi” meaning “Love Each Other”. Like many other mountain aboriginal villages, most of the young villagers are working in the cities with old folks and young kids left behind in the village, so the situation is usually far from good.
Something amazing happened to ChinAi Village when a young couple of teachers PeiWen Chen and ZiJian Wang have been transferred into Chin Ai Elementary School about 9 years ago. This young couple has tried to improve the situation in the school and in the village, and they have found a workable way, violin. They have started to teach students play violin and teach them make violins by hand since 2008. Now most of the 60 some students in the school play violins, while every student learn to make violins. They love it so much they play it everyday and everywhere. In spring of 2014, the school String Orchestra has won the first prize in a nation wide music competition.
In the village, we also see the transformation made by music. A program to train tribe people make violins has started last year, a small group of villagers are making hand-made violins now with more people expected to join. Young tribesmen who had no choice of working in the cities now find they can make a living in the village by making violins.
The dream of the village is that everyone plays violin and everyone makes violin. This dream of Violin Village is becoming true in ChinAi tribe village.
Donation received by Violin Village will be used to support tuitions, fees and living expenses for the villages students, not only for those in ChinAi elementary school, but also for those graduated now attending music majors in middle school, high school and colleges.