Mar 272017
 

Playing For Change has demonstrated what I believe is one of the most viable social mechanisms of all, music as a bridge for a common connection between all people.

This principle of “applied music” is successful with the invisible children of the world. I first witnessed its success through a youtube video, “Landfill Harmonic”. In this instance music gave a complete life transformation to the “Children of the Landfill” when they were taught to not only play but to build their own instruments for the waste in the landfill.

There is an estimated 15 million* children “living to survive” on the world’s open landfills and dumps. Green Fire Engineered Reclamation is a Landfill Mining company and has designed for the “Children of the Landfill” a lifestyle transformation that includes music as one of the basics to aid the transition into society

* Source of information The Independent

HISTORY, MISSION, AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE PLAYING FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION

Playing For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world…

When the crew set out, they created a mobile recording studio and went around the world filming musicians in the places where they lived. The sound was then mixed, and although the musicians were never in the same room—or even the same country or continent—they were unified through music with each contributing her or his distinct gifts to the whole. While traveling the world to film and record, the crew got to know the music and people of each community they visited. Those involved wanted to give something back to the musicians who had shared so much with them.

In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. As one of our students in Nepal stated, “Music is an indispensable part of life -‐ you cannot live without music.” We couldn’t agree more. At the Playing For Change Foundation, we live our lives by this principle and apply it to everything we do.

https://playingforchange.org/

Mar 132017
 

There are now nearly 6 million Syrian children suffering from the perils of war, including hundreds who were killed, maimed or recruited to fight in 2016, the worst year on record for Syrian children, a UN watchdog has said.

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,”said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, speaking from Homs, Syria. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences on their health, well-being and future.” 

'Growing up with war': Children of Syria share heartbreaking stories of death, fear & survival

 

 

 

At least 652 children died last year, and 255 of them were killed in or near their schools, the UNICEF report said. That signals a 20 percent increase on the number killed during 2015. 

“A father in Aleppo lives with the trauma of letting his daughters go to school,” Cappelaere said, retelling one of the many heart-breaking stories from the conflict. “They left their makeshift home one morning with their schoolbags on their backs. Only their lifeless bodies returned after a shell slammed into their classroom.”

UNICEF also believes more than 850 children were recruited to take part in hostilities – double the number in 2015 – and were used as executioners, suicide bombers or prison guards.

While horrifying, the number pales in comparison to the 5.8 million Syrian children who are dependent on humanitarian assistance – a twelvefold increase from 2012, the organization said.

“Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, children are dying in silence often from diseases that can otherwise be easily prevented. Access to medical care, lifesaving supplies and other basic services remains difficult,” the report added.

Almost half of those in need were displaced, many of them up to seven times, and over 2.3 million children are now living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

Child refugees living in relative safety in neighboring countries are still deprived of some basic needs, unable to go to school and forced to beg or do low-paying jobs to make the ends meet, the UNICEF report said.

Unsurprisingly, many children took life-threatening journeys on the so called ‘death boats’ crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Inside Syria, 2.8 million children are living in hard-to-reach areas, including 280,000 living literally on the battlefield, almost completely cut off from humanitarian aid.

As the country’s welfare system shrinks, families “are taking extreme measures just to survive, often pushing children into early marriage and child labor,” the report said. “In more than two thirds of households, children are working to support their families, some in extremely harsh conditions unfit even for adults.”

“I don’t know how to read or write. I only know how to draw the sky, the sea and the sun. I’ve waited tables, I served beans, corn, hummus, water pipe, potatoes, seeds. I’ve cleaned the shop and served ice cream to children,” said Fares, a six-year-old Syrian boy now living in Lebanon.

READ MORE: ‘They don’t want to be refugees’: RT sees Syria’s children surviving through war

With the Syrian war about to enter its sixth year, more and more people have become food-insecure. Inadequate food as a result of the protracted violence leads to poor nutrition among children and is weakening their immune system, UNICEF said, stressing that even ordinary diseases are now fatal.

“The situation for Syrian children has hit rock bottom,” said Juliette Touma, UNICEF’s regional spokesperson.

“The past year has been the worst since the crisis began, with children pushed right to the brink – being recruited at an ever younger age, being used to man checkpoints, being trained to use weapons, serving as prison guards. We also have reports of sexual abuse of girls by underage children, so it’s very grim.”

 

Source: ‘Dying in silence’: Suffering of Syrian children at its worst, millions under attack, says UNICEF — RT News

Feb 122016
 

I post this to honor my 38th wedding anniversay, Today.

Happy anniversary, Dear.

This story tells of love and dedication.  Every year I dig this out of my archives and read it a few dozen times just to get my relationship into prespective.

Enjoy

He sent her roses
 
The person who did this was Jack Benny….
You have to read this it is absolutely beautiful……                             
 
Each year he sent her roses,
and the note would always say,
I love you even more this year,
than last year on this day.
 
My love for you will always grow,
with every passing year.'
 
She knew this was the last time
that the roses would appear.
She thought, he ordered roses
in advance before this day.
Her loving husband did not know,
that he would pass away.
 
He always liked to do things early,
way before the time.
Then, if he got too busy,
everything would work out fine.
 
She trimmed the stems and
placed them in a very special vase.
 
Then, sat the vase beside
the portrait of his smiling face.
 
She would sit for hours,
In her husband's favorite chair.
While staring at his picture,
and the roses sitting there.
 
A year went by, and it was
to live without her mate.
With loneliness and solitude,
that had become her fate.
 
Then, the very hour,
The doorbell rang, and there
were roses sitting by her door.
 
She brought the roses in,
and then just looked at them in shock.
Then, went to get the telephone,
to call the florist shop.
 
The owner answered, and she asked him,
if he would explain,
Why someone would
do this to her,
causing her such pain?
 
'I know your husband passed away,
more than a year ago,'
The owner said,
'I knew you'd call, and you would want  
to know.
 
The flowers you received today,
were paid for in advance.
Your husband always planned ahead,
he left nothing to chance.
 
There is a standing order,
that I have on file down here,
And he has paid, well in advance,
you'll get them every year.
 
There also is another thing,
that I think you should know,
He wrote a special little card…he  
did this years ago.   
Then, should ever I find out  
that he's no longer here,
that's the card that should be sent to  
you the following year.'
 
She thanked him and hung up the phone,  
her tears now flowing hard.

Her fingers shaking,
as she slowly reached to get the card.
 
Inside the card, she saw that he
had written her a note.
Then, as she stared in total silence,
 
this is what he wrote…
 
'Hello my love, I know it's been a  
year since I've been gone.
I hope it hasn't been too hard for you  
to overcome. I know it must be lonely,
and the pain is very real.
Or if it was the other way,I know how I would feel.
 
The love we shared made everything
so beautiful in life.
I loved you more than words can say,
you were the perfect wife.
You were my friend and lover,
you fulfilled my every need.
I know it's only been a year,
but please try not to grieve.
I want you to be happy,
even when you shed your tears.
 
That is why the roses will be sent to  
you for years.
When you get these roses,
think of all the happiness that we had  
together, and how both of us were blessed.
 
I have always loved you and  
I know I always will.
But, my love, you must go on,
you have some living still.
 
Please…try to find happiness,
while living out your days.
I know it is not easy,
but I hope you find some ways.
 
The roses will come every year,
and they will only stop,
When your door's not answered,
when the florist stops to knock.
 
He will come five times that day,
in case you have gone out.
But after his last visit,
he will know without a doubt!
 
To take the roses to the place,
where I've instructed him
and place the roses where we are,
together once again.
 
May we all be loved  so much.