Support 450 Disadvantaged Palestinian Children

 
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Oct 17, 2011

BONUS DAY: Wednesday, October 19

Working Together for a Happier Childhood: BONUS DAY: Wednesday, October 19 2011

 “When I play music, I am flying in another world”

Dear Friends,

We are excited to inform you about a special opportunity: on Wednesday October 19, GlobalGiving  (a non-profit that connects donors with grassroots projects around the world to make a high impact) will match all donations at 30% made on this day. 

We would like to encourage you to donate to our AACT Project (Affirmative Action for Children Today), which contributes towards promoting a positive personal, social and cultural development of Palestinian children living in Israel through music.

Through the Affirmative Action for Children Today (AACT) we support children growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage to reach their full potential through musical education. Musical education benefits children in developing basic skills such as concentration, counting, listening, and cooperation while also promoting understanding of language, improving the ability to recall information, and creating an environment more conductive to learning. Providing children with constructive alternatives for reaching their full human potential contributes towards bringing about positive change for their families and communities. Since the project was launched two years ago we have been able to support 60 children and their families. Now the project goes into its second round, this time for 100 children from three different communities and their families.

For donations please follow this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-disadvantaged-palestinian-children/  

We are finally back to school and already full into the renewed and improved AACT project. After a short summer vacation we started full speed with the preparation work for the project. The initial meetings with the principals of the final four schools to participate were highly promising. They all talked about the immense importance of such project for their school and the kind of impact they imagine this can have on students beyond the project scope. The principal in Ibillin, Ms. Taghreed Sheikh Ahmad, spoke about one of her students who had been part of the first AACT pilot and continued to study on a scholarship provided by Beit Almusica. He used to be a shy and introverted kid facing hard times being accepted by peers. At the end of the academic year 2010/2011 he stood up in front of over 500 students and teachers in the school yard and played the clarinet, receiving great applause. As she said, this was one of the most moving moments in her career as educator.

If you want to support us offering this opportunity to other children as well, please follow this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-disadvantaged-palestinian-children/

All agreed that music as an art was still widely underestimated in the Palestinian community in Israel. We were actually positively surprised by the welcoming and enthusiastic reaction of the school management stating just how much they were missing this kind of activity. All four schools are state run schools situated on the lowest three clusters of socio economic evaluation in Israel with mixed populations of Muslim, Christian and Druze. The number of Palestinian children in situations of risk and distress in Israel is growing at a much faster pace than new programs and social services offered to them. With your generous support, we will be able to offer Palestinian children at risk a happier childhood and a perspective for the future.

For donations please follow this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-disadvantaged-palestinian-children/

One of the main problems that Palestinian children in Israel face is the alarming socio-economic situation they have to endure. The state of Palestinian children is serious: around 60% are poor and 73% are at poverty risk according to figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics. In addition to a substandard school system that lies 20 years behind its Jewish counterpart, Palestinian children in Israel lack meaningful after-school activities conductive to their well-being. This has obvious implications on the social and economic development of the Palestinian population, who has the lowest socio-economic status of all ethnic groups and the highest unemployment rates.

Regardless of whether you choose to continue supporting the AACT project with time, money, or good will, we are determined to continue this important work in 2011/2012 and to be great partners with you and responsible and effective stewards of your hope, time and resources.

Thank you!

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Melanie Atrash

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Shefa-Amer 20200, Israel

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