Yesterday night I tried to arrange a bus to bring 16 deaf children and their supervisors from Hebron to Bethlehem. I called my friend from a village nearby Hebron, and he asked me why I wanted to spend money on bringing the kids all the way to Bethlehem in this heatwave. Why didn't we, the music workshop leaders, travel to Hebron to give the workshop there? Although our initial plan was to arrange a trip for the kids I started to doubt if it was a good idea to let the children come during one of the hottest days of the summer. But as soon as I arrived, I knew we had made the right choice! Somehow the hall in the new building of HLT was filled with a very positive energy, and for two hours every single person in the hall seemed to radiate with happiness and love. Except for the bus driver maybe, since he spent most of the time sleeping in a corner.
Thank you Prelude Foundation for the transportation and Kareema for the pictures!
|When we did movements and rhythms, I had to review my preconceptions towards deaf children: these kids played rhythms together as if they had followed music training for weeks!|
|Every child showed us his or her name, which was repeated by the whole group. Deaf people have often two names: a name spelled with letters, and a name made by a movement that is different for every person.|
|Halimeh shows every child which fruit he or she is. Here she is showing little Mohammad that he will be an orange.|
|The leader in the game showed the children that all the oranges had to change places! Little Mohammad is running to catch a free chair, but he won't be fast enough....|
|Mohammad didn't make it to a free chair, so now it is his turn to be the leader and call for a fruit. He is making the orange movement in this picture...|
|But again he didn't make it to a free chair! This time he tries it with the sign for banana.|
|After Mohammad managed to get a chair, another girl became the leader.|
|Some of the children were shy at the beginning of the workshop, but soon the ice broke and no one was embarrassed to make silly movements.|
|One by one the children took turn in being the leader, showing the rest of the group which movements and rhythms to make.|
|The bus driver in the meantime became very tired and fell asleep in the back of the room. Although I had put the music quite loud he didn't have a problem to sleep through it.|
|Who said that deaf children don't like to dance?|
|While the bus driver was still sleeping, the children could release their energies on the parachute, donated by our dear friend from England. Thank you so much!|
|The ball in the middle was supposed to stay on the parachute, but soon the game changed into smashing the ball anywhere except of inside the parachute!|
|A final picture was taken in front of the beautiful new HLT building in the center of Bethlehem. Thank you Magedah, Halimeh, Nadiah, Amineh, Fadi, the caretakers from Hebron, and of course the talented children!|