We are approaching a new year and would like to use this opportunity to glance back to 2010. Thanks to your generous donation, we have been able to bring about a positive change in the lives of 60 Palestinian children and their families. In a recent video documentation of the project, children, parents and teachers tell how the AACT project influenced their lives - and reports are most encouraging:
First, we would like to listen to what the children themselves had to say:
“Music gives me power and energy” says one, “Music teaches me patience, understanding and concentration” says another. Children said that music makes them happy, politer and helps them to focus at school. “For me, music is melodies, beautiful melodies. When I play music, I fly in the world of music.”
Olivia used to be very shy. Through the project she gained self confidence, which helped her to stand up for herself. Her family never thought she might be interested in learning music. Now they love the atmosphere that music brings into their home, and believe that each and every household should have a family member that can play music.
Bassem used to be very slow in doing his home work. He had a hard time with writing, because his hands would move only slowly. Thanks to his practice of the clarinet, his hand movements improved significantly. This has enhanced his performance at school. Bassem’s father stressed the importance of the project and the support of the project’s staff for Bassem and the whole family. Now, Bassem talks to his mother with music, and calls her through melodies.
One of the teachers spoke about the huge difference that children underwent from their first music lesson until the last day of the school-year. With accumulating musical knowledge, their academic achievements in school improved; and so did their social contacts and involvement.
We are glad to share with you a short video about the Affirmative Action for Children Today, which promotes bold moves to support children in the clearly disadvantaged Palestinian minority in Israel: 60% of such children live in poverty. The video is available in Arabic on the link: http://www.beit-almusica.org/playvideo.aspx?AlbumID=12
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. We would like to take the opportunity to wish you Happy Holydays and a wonderful New Year!