Syrian Refugee Music Program

$2,660 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Greetings. I am Charles Moselle, professional musician/songwriter  (45 years).  Born in New Jersey, I now live in the S.F. bay area.   I recently went to  Chalkida, Greece with a group of musicians from all over the world  and spent a week  playing music WITH  adult Syrian Refugees and teaching the children how to "beatbox" (vocal percussion). Georges Lamamm,  Lebanese  violinist (extraordinaire) and vocalist, brought everyone (refugees and volunteers alike) to tears, healing souls  with his renditions of classic arabic songs. The spirits of the Syrian community were so uplifited that George and I feel we have no choice, one way or an other,  that we have to go back. I am also so pleased that my daughter Crystal Moselle, filmmaker and artist will be joining us.   We will coordinate our program with  volunteers from the Lighthouse Relief organization. Mariana Santoyo, child protectioin coordinator, has started a school there for the children.  She informs me the kids are excited to continue learning beatboxing  from me. In addition,  we will implement my creative  music program which I very successfully  ran in Juvenile Halls, Prisons, and Urban Ghettos. The idea is to encourage and enable people to access their innate creativity to birth new songs that we help "produce" on my portable recording studio (I can make them sound like "hits". ) 
      We are aiming to leave for Greece  in January.  
The funds will pay for our flights, food, and lodging, allowing us to spend at least one month at Camp Ritsona.    We will also visit other camps in the area.  I will supply all necessary musical  equipment.   Together we will  help  create a new body of music rising from the creativity of the residents.  We also will sing popular Syrian songs that will stir deep emotions, helping refugees process their traumas.  Crystal will do art programs with the kids and help with video production.  Together we shall join forces to help these people  move forward in their lives..  
       As  professional musicians having entertained millions of people over the course of our careers  George and I have never experienced  music  having such a powerfully beneficial  effect on any  population of people. Now we are ready to find out  what can be achieved if we make a deeper committment to this process. 
      If you choose to donate to this cause, I want to know who YOU are, why you are so moved (unless you choose to be anonymous. ) It is WE  who shall help.
      The gratitude for your contributions will be shared by the many Refugees that benefit from the birth of their new life.  There is no turning back for them.  Syria is a total mess. They have to move forward and creatively concieve of their new life.
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Just returned and what an amazing adventure. Thank you all so much for making this possible. I worked with about fifty youth (teens and children) teaching them beatboxing, drumming, keyboard fundamentals, and hip hop dance. I also found some teenage rappers and we recorded some original songs.
In order to protect them from hostile forces, I will need to go through a clearing process of various photos and pieces of music, soon to be shared.. Again thanks. I'm sure Ill be going again
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Hi everybody been here about 2 weeks in the refugee camp teaching music and dance to the children and teens. Wow, we are having so much fun. Today I am recording songs with 3 teenage rappers. Thanks all you donors for making this possible. I will definitely be returning here to follow up. The music and dance really raises the spirits here . More later
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Yay_ We are leaving on Monday to spend two weeks in a camp run by the NGO called Schoolbox Project. Jennifer Chang and I will be teaching hip hop dance to kids, teens, and adults. She is so kindly donating her expenses and so it's a go before raising full amount.. I will be teaching beatboxing and songwriting production. So excited; Thanks all you supportive people
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BTW, I'll be going alone this time. We're shooting for the whole band (Wobbly World) to go again in the summer.
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Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Created June 24, 2016
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Lisa Smiley
24 months ago

Hello Charles and Georges, We heard of your goal to bring music to the Syrian refugees while attending a concert with Charles and Joseph Hebert last night. With God, everything is possible. Bless you!

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Ange Frost
26 months ago

How can we help make this real for our brothers and sisters in Syria?

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