Assumoud Kindergarten teachers in music training with PM, July 2018
In August we received a further, generous donation from our friends in Sherborne (Dorset), UK, through the Cheap Street Methodist Church committee, to help us to continue “Music and Resilience”. Our warmest thanks to everyone who contributed.
4 Prima Materia professionals are planning the next visit to Lebanon in mid October, combining follow-up, evaluation and 2019 planning meetings with specific actions:
- music therapy coordinator Deborah Parker will be presenting a paper at the NISCVT Annual Mental Health Conference, 19-20 October 2018 at the American University Beirut;
- vocal trainer Emiliano Nigi will run a conference workshop, and give 2 days training to NISCVT workers;
- community music coordinator Henry Brown will begin a training program for the student volunteers in Saida and Beddawi centres, to equip them for peer-to-peer education within the community music groups;
- coordinator and documentation manager Dario Gentili will be collecting material for a forthcoming documentary on how the project has developed during the past 3 years.
Keep supporting us – all contributions represent vital sustenance for M&R – Thank you!
In 2018 M&R completes its 7th year of continuous support and action for the development of music resources as a protection factor for the young generations of the Palestinian and other refugee communities in Lebanon. The prime actors of the project, Prima Materia and NISCVT, are supported by a large circle of associates, friends, donors, volunteers and sponsors, without which the project could not happen, and to which we express our sincere thanks. In particular, our thanks go to the main sponsor of the project – ‘Taawon’ Lebanon (Welfare Assocation) – and also to Ulaia ArteSud (Rome) through funds made available by the Waldensian Church Foundation Italy, for the support of the music therapy professional training in Assisi.
Read the complete report of this year’s activities —> M&R annual report 17-18
Our 2 weeks in the Assumoud Centre in Waevel refugee camp are over – many fruitful and enjoyable moments with the staff groups from Assumoud and Inaash association, and with the children … training, playing, singing, dancing …
the instruments collected in Italy are safely stowed in their cupboard, waiting for the Summer activities to continue…
thanks to everyone who contributed to this venture, and also to the carpenter Abu Rabir who mended Chiara’s guitar, which will go to the Saida Community Music programme.
Stay with us for news of the Summer Camp Final Concert at Tarablus tomorrow night!
Here are just some of the percussion instruments which we have collected, thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters, which will enable us to establish a new permanent Music Worshop in the Wavel refugee camp in Baalbek (Beqaa valley).
We will be in Lebanon form 14th June until 5th July, with a team of 9 teachers, trainers, educators and volunteers from Italy and Germany; together with our colleagues from ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’ we have planned a rich programme for the children, adolescents and students of the camps in 4 localities:
A week of Community Music workshops just ended for the team of Prima Materia in Lebanon, with the support of Taawon – Welfare Organisation.
The team spent three days in the refugee camp of Beddawi (Tripoli, in the north of Lebanon) and three days in Sidon (south Lebanon) to start an intensive preparation of the forthcoming summer camp in June. Continue reading
Meeting with Wavel coordinator Aziza (17 Feb 2018)
Pm coordinator Deborah Parker is in Lebanon this week for meetings with ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’, our local partner, and Welfare Association, the principal sponsor of the music programmes; and field visits to the centres where this year’s actions will take place – with our old friends in Beddawi and Saida, and with a new project just starting up in Wavel camp, Baalbek (North-East Lebanon).
Meeting with Welfare, Assumoud Director Kassem Aina, and music coordinators (19 Feb 2018)
PM’s next visit will be in April, when music director Henry Brown will lead a team of 5 Community Music operators, to run the preparatory workshops for this Summer’s Music Camps Saida and Beddawi.
Please support our young Palestinian musician friends and Beit Atfal Assumoud, who is taking care of them!