Uganda: Benjamin Spartos, A Legacy of Music and Love

Performance at diabetes charity concert.

Music is a universal language that unites and heals communities. Its role in promoting good mental health is great and essential. Benjamin Spartos is using music to change mindsets around mental health issues and support people battling these challenges

Project description

Benjamin Spartos is a recording/performing artist, singer/songwriter and philanthropist who believes in the power of music in promoting good mental health.

He envisions a healthy community united by love and this is achieved by nurturing that love in the heart of humanity through positive music. Benjamin is determined to reduce the knowledge gap in the mental health sector and support those that are victims to mental health conditions. This is achieved through production and promotion of songs (audio and video), organizing online discussions to create awareness on mental health issues and online performances.

Seeking students with interest in concept writing and grant development along with social media and strategic communications.

To learn more, you can visit the official website or official Facebook page.

Project outcome

  • Monthly zoom meetings that stream live on social media to create discussions around good mental health.
  • Posters and short videos with information about mental health challenges and how to get support.
  • Mapping of mental health service providers in Gulu that can be accessed by anyone experiencing mental health challenges


Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Any time
Level of collaboration We are open to any level of collaboration. Some tasks and activities may require few collaborations whereas other tasks may require a joint team.
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Artwork for Song Mama by Benjamin Spartos.
Music session at mental health unit of gulu regional referral hospital.

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Have a question about this project? Mara Huber hosts drop-in office hours on Zoom every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Please be sure you identify your project as a Global NGO Project when you submit the interest form below.  

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Preparation activities

After you receive approval from ELN to begin the project, you should download and complete this Global NGO Project Preparation Guide.