A small window on the extensive Summer Music program now taking place in the refugee camps of Beddawi, Wavel and in Saida, involving around 60 Palestinian and Syrian children and adolescents. This year the team of 16 music teachers, facilitators and students comes from Italy, France, Spain and UK, including trainees from our Erasmus Plus project MARS.
Many more photos and stories are available here.
A special thank-you to our friends and sponsors who have donated funds and instruments from all over Europe and beyond – your contribution is essential and you are all with us in mind and heart.
Our crowd funding is still active for any other supporters to join the M&R club!
The PM M&R and MARS teams and supporters are getting ready for the July Summer Music Camps with Assumoud, to be held in the Beddawi and Saida centres, involving children in the Community Music groups, with a residential course for 30 children in the mountains, before the final concert in Saida on 15th July.
A new workshop will be offered in Wavel Camp, Baalbek, where there has been no music activity, and there are no instruments …
… so we are making them! Here are some photos of preparations for one of the the xylophone kits, which will be assembled on the 1st workshop day.
You can contribute to the project by supporting us through our crowd funding campaign – THANK YOU!
We have just received a generous donation from Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, Dorset (UK).
THANK YOU to the Church council, congregation and community for supporting M&R; we look forward to coming to present the project locally.
Anyone else who would like to support M&R can do so via our crowd-funding campaign.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our “Serata Palestinese” on 18th March; a highly enjoyable evening with presentation conference, a delicious Arabic supper, and lots of music.
Funds raised will go towards covering the live costs of this year’s project actions, the next of which starts next week: a 10-day Community Music workshop in Beddawi and Saida refugee camps, led by Prima Materia and supported by MARS training students from Italy, Spain and UK.
Beddawi Community Music group at work, Friday 3rd March 2017.
This week PM has completed follow-up visits to Beddawi and Saida Community Music groups, for detailed planning of the April workshops, when a team of 6 musicians from Italy, Spain and UK (including 4 students from the Erasmus Plus MARS project) will work with children and trainers for 8 days, in preparation for the Summer program.
Follow-up was also provided for the Music Therapy research project; data collection is planned during 2017, prior to analysis and presentation in 2018.
Here is the full report of our actions in 2016: we invite you to read what we were able to achieve in the Music Therapy and Community Music programs, and how much it meant for some of the children involved: mr-full-report-for-sponsors-and-donors-nov-2016
Thank you, as always, to our many sponsors and donors, who enable us to continue this work; institutional funding is harder and harder to find, and we rely on the initiative of well-wishers in their continued support.
You can donate via our crowd-funding campaign – thank you!