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LSF-UK         Registered UK charity no: 1168809

Luthiers sans Frontieres  -UK

Violinmakers without Borders -UK                   



This is the site for Luthiers sans Frontieres-UK



LsF-UK is the UK branch of a growing international network of LsF groups.


The mission of LsF is to provide training and expertise in the repair and maintenance of the violin family of instruments.


We recognise that music has an important role in fostering social development and in improving the life-chances of young people; especially in countries where there is political or economic difficulty.


Since 2008, LsF UK has undertaken seven missions in Haiti, Ecuador, Afghanistan and Uganda.


Our work has mainly consisted of 2-3 week missions. Teaching takes place at a partner music school or music camp.

Tools , fittings, strings are sourced from contacts within the violin trade and donated to the partner schools.


Occasionally, instruments are provided as well but our overriding aim is to teach repair and maintenance and encourage self-sufficiency.


We operate on a totally voluntary basis with no overheads. We are financed through our own fundraising and donations from supporters within the violin trade.

Leogane, Haiti 2008

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