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
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:
We are happy to publish the Full Report of our activities and progress in Music and Resilience for the period September 2016-October 2017. It has been a busy year with many challenges, but also a lot of satisfaction.
M&R Full Report 2017
Warm thanks to all the organizations who have contributed:
- our local partner in Lebanon ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’;
- Welfare Association Lebanon;
- Ulaia Artesud Rome Italy;
- the staff and student team from MARS, EU funded Erasmus Plus project;
- the School of Music Therapy, Assisi Italy;
- Municipality of Montespertoli Italy;
- Cheap Street Methodist Church community, Sherborne UK;
and special thanks to our many friends and sponsors. All your help and support is highly appreciated!
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!
We are just back from a 3 week stay in Lebanon, continuing M&R in both its aspects of Music Therapy (MT) and Community Music (CM). The Prima Materia team numbered 12, including the project coordinators, 6 CM teachers, 2 MT trainees, and 2 volunteers.
Thank you to everyone who supported this mission in our crowd-funding campaign, which is still open, for anyone else who wishes to contribute to M&R!
And many thanks also to Welfare Association Lebanon for the direct funding to Assumoud in support of M&R.