Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
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Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
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Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children
Sing me a Story - a voice to voiceless children

Dear Supporter, 

This month, we bring you stories from the Philippines. Volunteer for the Visayans is a registered non-profit, non-government organization located in Tacloban City, Philippines. Since being founded in 2004, VFV has dedicated itself to contributing towards sustainable developments in the areas of child welfare, community development, education and public health through its broad based social welfare programs.

The children through Visayans wrote some stories to be turned into songs for the songwriters at Sing me a Story. The story above is from Cherry Mae, aged 12, called Cozy Koalas.

Cozy Koalas wake up at dawn. They get out of bed and stretch and yawn. Cozy Koalas sip a cup of steming cocoa. Drink it up!

To hear how this story has been turned into a song, check out the website - https://singmeastory.org/stories/cozy-koalas

Thank you for continuing to support this project and give children, like Cherry Mae, hope.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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This is Mogie
This is Mogie

Dear Supporter,

The team at the Sing Me A Story Foundation recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, that offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.

The Ronald McDonald House offers a safe and loving environment to children facing a life threatening condition, including those in need of an organ transplant or fighting cancer. At their facilities, families find a place to rest, spaces for play time for children, quiet reading nooks, delicious homemade meals and cookies, and, above all, other families with whom they can share their journeys and find strength and support.

The children at the House wrote a variety of stories to be turned into songs. A lot centred around Mogie, the resident house pooch and main comfort ambassador. The kids were asked to write a postcard on behalf of Mogie, the resident dog at the Ronald McDonald House, from his Summer Vacation! Mogie was on a long trip and needed the kids to help him write and decorate postcards to send back to the Ronald McDonald House.

4 of these stories have been turned into songs and need your donations to bring to life! To listen to the songs, check out the website here - https://singmeastory.org/partners/ronald-mcdonald-house-houston/songs

Thank you for supporting this project and these children.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Dear Supporter, 

As funds start to come in slowly, I thought this month we would share another example of the work being done by Sing me a Story Foundation. Below is a excerpt of a story written by Vivien (age 12) called I'll Toughen Up. 

Even though my tears
Drown my cries of fear
I'll toughen up
And show my stuff
And even though life is rough
I'll stay strong
And prove you wrong
Even though I may be screaming
Inside my brave is gleaming
And even though my cries are loud
I'll wipe them dry and stand up proud.

Vivien is another child from Cape Hobe, a special summer camp designed for children with cancer. The camp provides medical and pyschosocial supervision to ensure childre and safe both mentally and physically during camp. 

Luckily, Vivien's story has inspired two musicans, Douglas Forshey from Nashville and City Slicker from Atlanta to transform her story into a song to inspire her when times get tough. Both are beautiful songs that you can hear on the following link - https://singmeastory.org/stories/i-ll-toughen-up

We hope as more funds come in, we can support more children in need to have their story turned to song. 

Thank you for supporting this project so far.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Dear Supporter,

Whilst we are still waiting for funds to come in for this project, I wanted to share with you some recent stories Sing Me A Story have dealt with.

Camp Hobé is a special summer camp designed for children with cancer and their siblings, who are often forgotten in the cancer experience. Camp Hobé gives kids the opportunity to participate in camp activities just like healthy children whose families are not affected by cancer. The camp program provides medical and psychosocial supervision to ensure children are safe both mentally and physically during camp.

Below is a story written by Matthew, waiting to be turned into a song by a songwriter:

'One Epic Life Story' by Matthew

My life is a story, yes it is true
My life is an epic, I'm telling you!
I'm fighting a brain tumor, a cancerous foe
But noneytheless, I'm not filled with woe!
I'm fighting my battle with courage and valor
I'm living my life every single hour!
Each day I fight, I learn and I grow
Because I am sure it will help me know....
That although cancer may be trouble, as it will be.....
Cancer will NEVER overtake me!

As you can see, these stories, turned songs, play an inspirational role in children fighting a tough battle. Thank you for recognising the importance of this and choosing to support this project.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

 

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Dear Supporter,

Thank you for helping us with this project so far. We are still waiting to get some more donations in before we can start working on this project, so for this report, I wanted to tell you how Sing Me A Story Began.

Like so many legendary songs and albums before his time, Austin Atteberry’s story begins with a girl.

“This girl moved in next door to me and she happened to work at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Specialist,” said Atteberry. “She also happened to be beautiful, and she encouraged me to volunteer at Vanderbilt Children’s as a Music Therapy Volunteer. I’m not an idiot, so of course I did.”

While volunteering at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Atteberry brought his guitar to serenade the kids and help them explore their creative capacities.

“I’m a songwriter,” he said, “so I walk into a room and say, ‘let’s write a song.’ When you ask a five-year-old kid to write a song, they look at you like you’re crazy. So I said, ‘Alright, tell me a story about anything you want.’ Now if you ask a five-year-old kid to tell you a story about anything they want, the floodgates open.”

By asking children to use their imaginations to tell stories, Atteberry was able to literally and figuratively strike a chord with them.

“When you’re in a hospital room and you have a kid that is really going through a tough time and so is Mom and Dad and you can play a song, which for three minutes takes everybody away from that room, then I really learned about what music is and the power of music,” he said. “Because as they say, music heals.”

 From those humble beginnings, The Sing Me a Story Foundation was born. His whole life, Austin had a love affair with music but never before had he witnessed the power of music to heal as he did in the rooms of that children’s hospital. Furthermore, never had he known love like the one he shared with the girl who moved in next door. On August 1, 2011, standing in the street between 4206 and 4208 Colorado Avenue, Austin got on one knee and asked Sara to marry him…And she said, "YES" 

For more information on Sing Me A Story, please have a look at their website www.singmeastory.org/

All the best

Sophie Birkett

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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