Today our team in Palestine performed together with Dutch musicians in the show: Fe Beit Fe Holanda (in Holland is a House). 210 children from our partners Sounds of Palestine from Dheisheh, Aida and al-Azzeh refgee camp and Dar Salah village participated and watched the performance, as well as 40 children form the neighborhood. The children learned about typical life in The Netherlands during the Golden Age, and about similarities and differences with life in Palestine. This project is partly funded by the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah.
Today Sounds of Palestine and Musicians without Borders were invited to perform at the Open Day of the Buraq School in Dar Salah. Five students from the first grade, who are part of our partners’ program Sounds of Palestine performed two songs on the violin and clarinet. We did some fun activities with the 420 children, using body percussion and movement. Many thanks to the Buraq School for giving their youngest students the chance to perform in front of their friends!
Our wonderful deaf workshop leader Halimeh has given another 47 music workshops since January. 60 children attending the Red Crescent ‘al-Itsisal at-Tam’ school for the deaf and the Yasmeen Foundation in Ramallah make music with Halimeh several times a week.
This week our team in Palestine gave music workshops to 48 deaf children, 6-10 years old, preparing them for the Musical Playground Performance. In the performance during the school’s carnival celebrations, 150 deaf children, age 4-16 actively participated. We were impressed by their concentration and accuracy. Being deaf doesn’t prevent them from playing body percussion, rapping, singing, playing flutes and playing rhythms with sticks!
Many thanks to Ephpheta Paul VI Pontifical Institute for the Audio-Phonetic Rehabilitation in Bethlehem for their hospitality. Ephpheta Paul VI Bethlehem