Currently we support a choir project in the Bekaa Valley in Libanon and a musiceducational training in Jordan.
Musiceducational Training in Jordan
[2018 – …
In March 2018 we partnered with the NGO Sounds of Change to carry out the first stage of a musiceducational program, training the employees of Mercy Corps Jordan who themselvesare refugees living in the Zataari camp. The Zataari refugee camp was founded in 2011 in Jordan. It is one of the biggest refugeecamps in the world, hosting almost 80.000 Syrian refugees.
The music training program was conceived from Lucas Dols and Sander van Goor. The program’s aim is to raise awareness for music education and its therapeutic benefit. (www.soundsofchange.org)
22 trainees attended the program; few had a professional educational background. Yet, many of them work with vulnerable groups such as children, disabledpersons and adults, making their jobs very challenging.
The trainees hadn’t worked together or exchanged any mutual experience before.
It started as a group of 22 strangers who, after 5 intensive working days, ended up forming one big supporting family. No competing against each other. Instead, collaborative effort to succeed and the team’s success became every single person’s success. Appreciation and care reigned.
The trainees’ responsiveness, open mindedness and willingness to learn togain new skills was beyond any of expectation. They continuously surprised us with their creativity, how well they planed andpracticed their homework
Despite them living in one of the most difficult environments and their dailystruggle to keep on going, their determination to be happy and have fun was sostrong it was contagious on children.
Sonbola Children Choir
Supporting Syrian refugee children in Libanon
[2014 – …
Through donation, more than 700 children were able to receive music lessons once a week for three months in several Bekaa camps during the summer months.
At the beginning of November 2014, the project creating a children’s choir began with our partner Sonbola an NGO for lifelong learning (www.sonbola-ngo.com)
Approx. 100 children traveled once a week from their camps to attend choir lessons, conducted by Barkev Taslakian and his team of the famous Fayha choir. Fayha choir has made a name for itself not only in Arab countries, but also in many European countries. The choir has been awarded many prices one of which was best choir with the best conductor in 2007 at the International Choir Festival in Warsaw (www.fayhachoir.org).
A year later, Sonbola Choir gave an outstanding performance in the Bekaa Valey, at the Safadi Cultural centre in Triopli and at the American University in Beirut.
The choir was also supported by the famous singer Oumeima Al-Khalil and her husband, pianist and composer Hani Siblini.
How important this project has become for the children is shown in the following video >>