Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day of fun for children from Dheisheh!

On Monday the 12th of July, Anas, Ahmad, Diya, Hisham, Mohammad and Yousef took 40 children from Dheisheh Refugee Camp to a parc in Beit Jallah where they had a day of fun, including music and rap workshops!

More pictures from music workshops in Ghirass Cultural Center

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ghirass Cultural Center

During the one-month summer camp of Ghirass Cultural Center in Bethlehem (, 13 trainees gave in total 42 music workshops to more than 150 children. The children, age 6-12, are divided into six groups. The oldest groups sing songs, dance, rap and play Arabic percussion. The younger groups sing, dance, play musical games and rhythms with sticks. Every day the workshops end with an activity for all the children together: on the stage every group shows the others what they have learned during the day, for example a dance or a song. This is also the moment when all the children can sing together: children from Bethlehem, Beit Jallah, Dheisheh camp and children with learning difficulties, the young ones and the older children, they all experience the beauty of singing together!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Video of the trainees in action

Workshops for the Elderly

Project leader Fabienne van Eck gave two music workshops to elderly women in Taybe and Bethlehem. They sang traditional Arabic songs, enjoyed playing musical games and practiced voice exercises. At the end of the workshop in Taybe, the 25 women played the tambourine and started to dance and sing traditional wedding songs. We hope to be able to continue working with these groups after the summer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Jordan Meningitis Foundation

This is the thank you letter for Naji, Maher and Yousef for the music workshop they gave in December 2009 to children that survived Meningitis.
Although some of the children can not talk anymore and have problems expressing themselves, they all react very strongly on the music. The Jordan Meningitis Foundation is doing amazing work for these children and their families and we hope to visit them more often in the future!