MitMachMusik encourages social inclusion and creative accomplishment for refugee children and German adolescents by way of regular music programmes at centres in Berlin and Potsdam. As well as traumatisation as a result of conflict, deprivation and loss, refugee children arriving in a new country experience overwhelming feelings of alienation and isolation. Making music together engenders communication, friendship, accomplishment and sheer joyousness in a place of respite and shelter.
The BBT Communities grant will enable MitMachMusik to introduce Orchestra Days that will bring children from five of its centres to rehearse ensemble pieces together. Gathering at one site helps build fellowship and co-operation in larger groups. Taking this one step further MMM will also organize a four-day summer camp where the children will live, work and play together while attending workshops and rehearsals.
We are so grateful to BBT for helping us create meaningful “add-ons” to our programme which we otherwise would not have been able to finance. The generous support received from BBT gave us the wherewithal to set up a music summer camp in the countryside of Brandenburg for our MitMachMusik kids. This was thrilling for them as most of their families still live in the cramped housing set up for the refugees. Five days living in a castle making lots of music and having fun in fresh air was for them an euphoric experience. With the financial help of BBT, we were additionally enabled to convene four “orchestra days” during the year. As our teaching centres are spread throughout Berlin and Potsdam, these “orchestra days” gave kids who otherwise don’t meet, the opportunity to rehearse and perform together and to realize they are part of a big MitMachMusik family. Herzlichen Dank!