A music project for Syrian refugee children
We are delighted to announce that Make Foundation is launching its first music project in Lebanon for Syrian refugee children.
This has come about after numerous fundraising concerts, community events and school projects in New Zealand that have involved nearly 300 students and the work of many generous volunteers.
Just Want Home – Naba’a kicks off on Saturday 17 June. Naba’a is located in the district of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut’s northeast. The area has been a home to refugees for over a century. First to Armenians fleeing persecution in 1915 and most recently to Syrians escaping the civil war in their homeland.
The project will be realised in partnership with the Orthodox Youth Movement (OYM), a faith-based NGO that has been supporting Syrian refugees on the ground in Lebanon and Syria for several years. The OYM has facilitated Make Foundation’s contact with Syrian refugee families in north-east Beirut and has generously offered its premises at Naba’a’s Cross Church as a project base and rehearsal space.
Two Syrian musicians, flautist Joumane Abdallah and opera singer Pierre Alkhoury will facilitate Just Want Home – Naba’a, while OYM’s Fadia Keedy will provide logistical support.
Some 30 refugee children aged between 10-15 years will take part in the 10-week programme that will culminate in a concert for family, friends and the local community.
Like its sister projects in New Zealand, Just Want Home – Naba’a will explore the concept of home.
The children come from different backgrounds and different parts of Syria, but they all know what it is to have to leave home and go in search of a new one, says Pierre Alkhoury.
Music can be a positive channel to explore such a challenging experience and we hope they have some fun in the process.
We’ll keep you posted throughout the project. Thank you to everyone that has supported our work. You made this possible