We’re back from a very productive trip in Jordan and there’s so much to share! Read on to learn more about our week-long music workshop and the new school we are supporting that will allow nearly 150 students to return to school.
The #SongsForSyrians Program
The Songs for Syrians pilot program was an overwhelming success! From June 26-30, our team of volunteers brought a comprehensive music education program to our partner school in Azraq, Jordan. Because the school was on summer break, our talented music instructors Nina and Matilda took over the entire day, working with the students in small groups.
Nina taught recorder to the older students. They learned how to hold the instrument, read rhythms and musical notation, and play basic melodies.
Matilda worked with children of all ages, introducing them to the Montessori teaching method, which includes singing, listening, dancing, and rhythmic notation. She taught Western and Syrian rhythms and even had the kids square dancing!
We concluded the program with a concert celebration where the children performed the music they learned throughout the week for their families. It was a joyful occasion and a reminder of the power of music to bring people together even in the face of war and dislocation.
But the most important work is yet to come. In close collaboration with our two instructors, a local volunteer, Jorge Ortiz, is continuing weekly music classes and hosting an after-school recorder club! The goal is to infuse music into the culture of the school so students and teachers can benefit from the universal skills that music can teach. As the program develops, we will look to expand it into other schools for Syrian children.
Look out for a larger video recap of the Songs For Syrians trip coming soon!
Expanding Education Programs with the White Hands Association
We’re excited to announce that a new education space is opening this week! With our partners at the White Hands Association (WHA), we’ve helped to purchase and renovate a new building that will host, at capacity, nearly 300 students! Classes will begin this week, with over 90 new students registered! In this remote area of Northeast Jordan, refugee families live in deep poverty and children have no access to public education. We’ve already supported WHA to build 3 tent classrooms and 3 portable classrooms that today host nearly 200 students yet there are still hundreds out of school. This new building will bring us one step closer to getting every child back in school where they belong!
What You Can Do
Make a donation! These programs can't run themselves! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support our expanding education programs for Syrian children! A little bit goes a HUGE way and as you can see we are able to make a tremendous impact for these children and their families.
Host a fundraiser! There are so many fun and simple ways to get your communities involved through a fundraiser! Consider hosting an outdoor lemonade stand, supporting The Syria Fund in an upcoming Marathon or race or inviting your friends over for "Cocktails for a Cause"! We recommend Crowdrise as a great platform to accept donations.
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Thank you, as always, for your continued support!
Lexi, Demetri and The Syria Fund team