We worked hard in July – there were 17 of us, between professionals, trainees, students and volunteers, working in the Community Music groups (Saida and Beddawi) in psycho-social music support (Baalbek), and in music therapy (Beirut and Saida).
We worked hard … but we received much more … from more than 100 children, adolescents and student volunteers, who studied and played with us.
Here are just a few moments …
Thanks, as always to Welfare Association Lebanon for supporting the project.
Our Summer program in Lebanon with Beit Atfal Assumoud is underway, with a 3-day training in psycho-social music interventions, facilitated by Deborah Parker, which brings together music teachers and students from the M&R project in Saida, Beddawi and Baalbek, Al Kamanjati project Beirut, Rashedie Music project, and KG teachers from many centres. Thanks, as always to Welfare Association Lebanon for the essential financial support!
Our Community Music team arrives Saturday to begin the Summer worshops and Music Camp – stay with us for more news soon!
Our April trip focussed on activities with the Beddawi and Saida Community Music groups of Beit Atfal Assumoud بيت اطفال الصمود, providing training workshops directed to the most advanced studentvolunteers, who are learning the basics to teach to the youngest students of the project.
Training and workshops also continued in the Baabek Assumoud Centre in Wavel camp, for the psycho-social music program there.
Thanks to Taawon Lebanon مؤسسة التعاون – لبنان for their support and the field visit to our music project!
The Prima Materia M&R team was back in Lebanon for a week in early January 2019, to set the actions for the year:
– the final touches were put to the music therapy theses of Liliane Younes and Mohamad Orabi, ready for discussion at the Assisi school of Music Therapy on 10th March 2019, when Assumoud will have 2 qualified music therapists amongst its staff ranks!
– community music student volunteers in Beddawi and Saida worked with Henry Brown to structure support for the younger children in the groups.
– plans were finalised for multiple training programs to be implemented during 2019, ranging from community music teaching, through kindergarten music activity and psycho-social music support, to clinical anc community music therapy.
Prima Materia contributed to Assumoud’s annual Mental Health Conference with a paper by Deborah Parker on the Musicality of Infant-Parent Communication and a workshop for conference participants on Vocality by Emiliano Nigi.
Emiliano also trained Assumoud staff for 2 days on vocal techniques.
The Community Music groups in Beddawi and Saida continued working with musical director Henry Brown, in preparation for the 2019 actions, which were discussed in meetings with Assumoud and the project’s main sponsor, Taawon Lebanon مؤسسة التعاون – لبنان.
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: