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We use music to empower people to become strong community builders

  • believes that the world needs strong community builders who are sensitive to the needs of their community and can use their creative skills to make a positive change
  • believes that music changes the world, because it changes people
  • believes in social change through creative engagement
  • uses music as a tool to create social inclusion, improve empathic connection, support creativity and collaboration.
  • Stands for:

- Connecting to context

- Bringing out the potential of individuals and the group

- Safety

- Engaged collaboration

- Fun

- Sustainability

- Divergent thinking and creativity

- Reflective practice

 

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, 5.5 million Syrian people have fled their homes. 90% have been displaced to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Lebanon houses 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to a total population of 4 million Lebanese people. In Lebanon alone, tension is rising among the Lebanese people, the former Palestinian refugees and the newly arrived Syrian refugees. The Lebanese government has forbidden NGOs to provide education for the refugee children. While it has opened public schools for Syrian children, the capacity is too small meaning only 25% of the Syrian children can go to school. The education which is provided is limited, and offers little creativity. Schools work in shifts which prevent children of different origins to meet and connect. At Sounds of Change, we think these are important issues to address; availability of places in schools, lack of creativity, refugee children from different countries are not able to meet/connect.

After visiting and working in Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey and Palestine, Sounds of Change developed two creative solutions. Based on our experiences, having worked and visited in these places, we have developed an approach whereby groups of refugee children from different countries participate in our music workshops. By bringing children together this way, we can really build meaningful bridges between Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese people, children and adults alike. The smiles on peoples’ faces during and after our workshops tell us this approach is helping to build those bridges.

Secondly, we want to make a long-term impact on children’s lives. We do this by training youngsters and adults to become music teachers and workshop leaders and thereby give them a chance to become more meaningful within their own communities.

Currently there are very little opportunities for them. By offering them teacher trainings, we provide them with practical skills and therefore a higher chance in finding a job as such as a teacher with an NGO or school in the neighborhood.

  • Sounds of Change works in places where there is a huge need for social inclusion, empathy, hope, autonomy, a sense of belonging and a life nurturing environment

  • All change and development starts with positive role models
    We believe that people have the right to be empowered and develop their full potential. Music is a proven springboard and a very powerful tool to heal the emotional wounds of war, boost creativity and stimulate compassionate communication. These essential life skills and competencies will enable people to engage and connect with their communities and build trust and confidence to work in groups and collaborate on plans and projects. By providing a safe space where people can learn and freely express themselves, they can explore possibilities and embark on opportunities for a positive and prosperous future.

  • We empower our trainees in order to become positive role models in their communities
    Therefore we engage them in a creative music process in which we bring out their potential and develop their listening, improvising, reflecting and leadership skills
  • Sustainability
    To make sure that our projects are sustainable and impactful, we train teams of local organisations. Through a "train the trainer" model and workshops, we build and improve the skills of community builders and learn from promising practices to scale both the reach and impact of music on communities

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