“Music gives me power and energy”
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Salma is an average Palestinian child in Israel. She lives under the poverty line in overcrowded conditions and has a fair chance to drop out from a severely substandard school. She has limited access to social, health and public services and is more likely to be injured than the majority of children in Israel. She is not participating in cultural activities and has even less chances to find employment than her brother Ahmad when older.
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. 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.
With your generous support, we are working to offer Palestinian children at risk a happier childhood and a perspective for the future.
Through the Affirmative Action for Children Today 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.
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 and to be great partners with you and responsible and effective stewards of your hope, time and resources.
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