Dana Mufti, who’s rooth are in Damascus, founded together with active Upper Austrian, the Foundation Nai. in April 2012 in Linz, Austria.
The work is based on volunteerism. We are committed to support refugee children who are the most vulnerable and innocent in this war, by dedicating them our time, skills and expertise.
Dana Mufti, Chair:
What is happening in Syria is atrocious, it is more than what any person can bare or understand. Since most donations were concentrating on shelters and basic needs, little attention was given to the traumatized souls of refugees.
Refugee children are the most vulnerable. They lost their homes, family members, their childhoods. They have no access to education and are forced to work, forced to prostitution and are prone to radicalization.
There are not enough coaches, therapists or psychologists to deal with that amount of traumatized souls.
So, what can we do when words fail? How can we help mending these broken souls? How can we give children back a little of their stolen childhood?
Music is one of the answers. It has been scientifically proven that music has a healing power. Music brings people together; it brings back joy and life.
I play the piano since my childhood and have personally experienced how playing an instrument can help getting thru difficult times. So, I organized with my children and with the support of our music teacher and composer N.Krulanovic and the Kiwani Club a charity concert to support refugees families in Syria on November 2011 in Linz. The concert was a great success and the idea to create a foundation that aims at providing psychological support to Syrian refugee children through music was born.
Dr.Reiner Steinweg, former Chair deputy, Peace researcher:
I am myself a war and refugee child: We lived 1942-1945 in Scheidnitz bei Breslau today Poland, the first attempt to flee to the West ended in the then-so-called Bohemian Leipa in today’s Czech Republic. As a child, I have experienced the air raids on this city, I have seen it burn. I wasn’t quite six years old at that time, my three siblings were still much younger, my brother was still a baby and couldn’t be wrapped during the three weeks we were on march fleeing the air raids. Our father died as a soldier in Yugoslavia on the day when our march to leave Czechoslovakia started. it was only five years later that we learned about his death. So I know what war means for children and I was very lucky to see and experience how healing music can be in this situation. I started to listen and play music at the age of 9. This was and still is my life elixir.
For me, Syria is almost a neighboring country. I was never there, but we made holidays in Crete, from there it is not far away. The Mediterranean, the mare nostrum of the Romans, belongs to Europe and we belong to it. We are indebted to the Arabic culture, and Damascus is the city of Paulus. There are so many historical connections – how can we be indifferent to what is happening to this country? How can we be indifferent to what children are facing there? Children who at the end are the one who are paying the price of the deeds of the adults.
Nebojsa Krulanovic, Co-founder/Composer, musician, and manager of the music plays at the city theater:
What is happening in Syria has deeply touched me. I know the situation.I Iived at the beginning of the 90s the whole war in my country, former yougoslavia. I found the idea of creating a foundation to support Syrian children through music to be great, I immediately approved and started as a musician to organise a serie of charity concerts.