St Francis de Sales school in Wellington, New Zealand has joined Make Foundation’s Just Want Home project.
Just Want Home – Wellington, is a collaborative music and song-writing workshop involving 24 students from years 4-8.
The workshop is made up of 20 hours of music tuition and culminates in a fundraising concert for Just Want Home – Refugee Camp, a similar project Make Foundation is developing for young Syrians living in refugee camps. St Francis de Sales principal Steve Douglas says,
It is a unique opportunity to connect New Zealand school students with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
As well as raising awareness about the impact of Syria’s war on children and families, Make Foundation believes it is an opportunity to develop empathy and greater understanding for those whose lives are shattered by war.
It is also an occasion where the children taking part can realise their own creative voice.
We will keep you updated on this project.
Just Want Home Wellington – Two Weeks In
Two weeks in and Just Want Home – Wellington is pounding with rhythm and sound. Some 24 young participants have dived into the collaborative process with their creative energy, individual spirits and enthusiasm.
Three groups have formed, the 11-12-year-old-girls, the 11-12-year-old-boys and the mixed 8-10-year-olds. Each group is writing lyrics and music around the theme of What Is Home?
Saad Jolakh, a 23-year old Syrian who fled the war and is now living in Wellington, came to talk about his experience of living under siege in Aleppo, Syria’s largest and one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.
Saad’s talk and Q&A session afterwards helped the participants understand what it means to escape ones home because of war. All groups are drawing on this in their song lyrics.
Facilitator Michel Alkhouri says it’s inspiring to see such collaboration and creativity take place.
Each group has come up with a way of working very quickly. The girls exchange lots of ideas and have loud debates, but it’s clearly getting them results. They’ve already finished their song and are now polishing it. The boys were very quick to agree on a style of music and are currently building on their lyrics. The youngest group is very expressive and mainly needs support in moving away from a story-writing form to a song-writing form.
After the school break the participants have two more weeks to complete their work and rehearse ahead of a fundraising concert at St Francis de Sales Church, Island Bay, Wellington on 22 October at 7pm.
Please come and join us.
Just Want Home Wellington – Concert Countdown
As Just Want Home – Wellington enters its fourth and final week we’re counting down to Thursday’s concert.
Over the school break the students rehearsed and recorded three of their songs at The Surgery Studio a great learning experience and lots of fun.
They also met Mohi and his sister Nebal, an encounter that brought home the significance of their efforts.
The encounter clearly inspired Mohi too.
He told his mum and dad,
I want to be a musician just like them when I grow up.
Last week – week three of the project – the students performed
in front of the school. Another great milestone that provided
lessons to work on ahead of the concert.
Here are the concert details:
WHERE: St Francis de Sales Church, 173 Clyde St, Island Bay, Wellington
WHEN: Thurs, Oct 22, 7:00-8:00pm
PRICE: Make a donation at the concert or directly here
Hope to see you there.