Rhythm Aid Projects :: UKRAINE


When Ukraine was invaded again in 2022, DrumsForCures started focusing its rhythmic efforts on humanitarian aid in support of Ukrainians’ needs. Many of us have watched this situation with compassion and interest in helping reduce the suffering of the people.

The Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv was founded as the premier pediatric oncology center in Eastern Europe and is the largest operating public health facility in the country. They are now one of the only major hospitals accommodating pediatric cancer cases, and availing their services to war victims; particularly orphaned and injured children.


We have been working to coordinate facilitated interactive rhythm events there and our team launched the ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ Ukraine program in May 2023. We are currently facilitating multiple sessions weekly with children, young adults, families and staff.

The DRUMSTRONG rhythm therapy sessions put long absent smiles back on their faces.

The hospital (and families) recognize the immediate benefits. We will add additional programs to benefit even more.


Our facilitators are very sensitive to louder, disruptive sounds given patients’ exposure and experiences with war factors, and help them to ease issues. We are also programming sessions with the guidance of the Director of Psychology specifically for staff ‘burnout’, loss/grief, and the PTSD impacted.

Our facilitators are making personal time to avail themselves for the hospital/patient schedules; sacrificing their already war-impacted, limited income for their community and country.

We seek participation in the ongoing expenses as to enable keeping the rhythm in motion there.

DRUMSTRONG ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ humanitarian assistance initiatives will also bring facilitated interactive rhythm therapy to children’s hospitals and refugee centers globally.
We will engage more facilities in Ukraine and are working with contacts in Poland, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Canada, US and (hopefully soon) Israel/Gaza and S. Sudan refugee programs.

DrumsForCures is helping to sponsor and subsidize the projects but this is not sustainable. The Remo Drum Company donated beautiful, sanitizable equipment for Ohkmatdtyt. Good people all around like Caryl & Mickey Hart and the Hart Center for Deep Rhythm, Jon Fishman and Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation, Don Lombardi with DW Drums, Ambassador W. Tichenor know the value and are pitching in. Obviously, when you embrace the efforts with funding it will be the beautiful catalyst that perpetuates continuity.

Over the past eighteen years DrumsforCures has facilitated rhythm aid in 80+ cities in 29 countries through DRUMSTRONG charity events benefiting local needs. This is a “First” in that the immediate needs are so profound and at emergency levels. Many hospital staff have simply “moved in” to be available. They relocate children to the basement when air-strikes threaten. Stress and PTSD is off the charts…

We recognize the value of this service and the great potential for healing in this environment. The DRUMSTRONG ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ are helping to reduce pain, fear, depression, trauma, and build community in the way only rhythmic bonding can.

Donations of support can be made through our 501(c)(3) #20-8297035 and all funds will  directly and securely benefit the Rhythm Aid Projects at Ohmatdyt.



These are the munificent Facilitators in Kyiv who are helping to bridge the gap to health :: Maxim Yunga, Igor Fund, Vitaliy Petrenko, therapist Dasha Stefanovskaja and photographers Anastasia Demidova and Krystyna Sahirova.

Це милосердні Фасилітатори в Києві, які допомагають подолати прірву до здоров’я: Максим Юнга, Ігор Фонд, Віталій Петренко, терапевт Даша Стефановська та фотографи Анастасія Демідова і Кристина Сагирова.

Along with the Director of Psychology, Press Director, administrators, several doctors, nurses and staff joining in and assisting. All are sensitive to the needs, fears and experiences of their populations in the sessions.



These are some of the kind souls who have embraced DrumsForCures’ ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ and are helping to facilitate funds for our facilitators to keep the rhythm in motion!

Caryl and Mickey Hart  :: Hart Center For Deep Rhythm 

Photos by Jay Blakesburg

Grammy award-winning percussionist, Grateful Dead, Global Drum Project, Planet Drum, MHB
Author, “Drumming at the Edge of Magic”, “Planet Drum”, “Spirit Into Sound”

Jon Fishman :: The WaterWheel Foundation :: Phish

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC, Chief Advisor :: Rhythm Aid Projects 

UpBeat Drum Circles, Author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. Founder of UpBeat Drum Circles.                                            

Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation

Mike DeMenno :: REMO Drum Co.

Robert Shen :: REMO Drum Co. 

Bob Yerby :: REMO Drum Co.

Brian LeVan :: REMO Drum Co.

Dom Famularo (May he rest in eternal rhythmic Peace)

Maksym Deomin :: acclaimed Ukrainian drummer, educator & author

Arthur Hull :: Village Music Circles

Mark Schulman :: Rockstar Attitude

Will Lee :: https://www.willlee.com/

Elliott Randall :: https://elliott-randall.com/

Rick Fitts :: Fitts Production Associates


And our benevolent Sponsors ::

Hart Center For Deep Rhythm :: Community Foundation for Sonoma County

REMO Drum Co.

Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation

Gretsch Family

Christine Stevens :: UpBeat Drum Circles + Global Rhythm Sangha 

“Christine guides groups to the secret world of the rhythmic arts.” – Mickey Hart

Musical Ambassadors of Peace  promoteing peace world-wide through the power of music. We work to heal the emotional wounds of war and displacement by helping people build trust, cultivate resilience and return to joy.

PlayMore Design + EnSoul Music

Lori and Eric Sklut Family

S. Swimmer Family

Ambassador Warren Tichenor

Don Lombardi :: DW Drums

Photo Credits ::

Anastasia Demidova

Krystyna Sahirova

Anastasia Magerramova