Just Want Home – Refugee Camp is a music project for children displaced by Syria’s war.
We’re fundraising for Just Want Home – Refugee Camp and building links on the ground to deliver workshops to children living in refugee camps outside Syria. We hope this will lay the foundation for ongoing music tuition for the workshops’ benefactors.
The seed of the project grew from a song of the same name written by 12-year old Naia Alkhouri in December 2013.
Naia lives with her family in Wellington, New Zealand. She wrote Just Want Home after taking part in a school inquiry programme about Syria’s civil war and its impact on children and their families.
Michel Alkhouri, Make Foundation’s co-founder, facilitated the inquiry programme. “The students learned about other kids just like them who were experiencing extreme hardship such as losing their homes, suffering from injuries or seeing family members and friends killed. They were very moved by what they learned and that was evident in the end-of-project performance where they sang a song in Arabic for the children whose lives had been shattered by the war.”
With that war now in its fifth year and over four million refugees having fled Syria, returning home looks increasingly unlikely. Bringing a sense of home to those who have lost theirs is core to Make Foundation’s mission, but What Is Home?
A home is where you feel safe. Music awakens in us our most profound safety, the safety of living in concert with each other and our own selves.
Michael Rossato-Bennett, writer, director, producer Alive Inside
Make Foundation doesn’t have bricks or mortar, but its Just Want Home project can bring the sanctuary of music to Syrian children living in refugee camps.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said,
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
Let’s help the ‘musical wings’ of Syrian children soar.