WHO ARE WE & WHAT ARE WE DOING?
In early 2017, Klarafestival joined forces with SOS Kinderdorpen, Fedasil, Rode Kruis, Croix-Rouge, Minor-Ndako, Music Fund and UNHCR to provide easier access to music education for young newcomers in Belgium.
Currently, several thousand young refugees are living in Belgium. They mainly reside in reception centres or are otherwise accommodated by local and/or private initiatives. Besides material assistance (such as sleeping and sanitary facilities, food and clothing) reception centres also make sure that young newcomers can go to school. For their free time activities, however, juveniles are entirely depending on the reception centre. If the centre organises nothing, there is also nothing to do. This is structurally changed by The Sound of Home.
Convinced that art and culture are a basic right as well as a basic need to feel at home, Klarafestival took the initiative to ‘The Sound of Home’. With this scholarship, more than 100 young refugees each year get the chance to start or continue their music education in Belgium. The lessons take place in music schools close to the place where they reside. The Sound of Home refunds the tuition fee, the cost of renting an instrument and the teaching material.
If young newcomers can spend their free time in a meaningful way outside the refugee centre, social inclusion and social integration are encouraged. The Sound of Home attaches great importance to personal contact and tries to meet individual needs as good as possible. The different reception centres and music schools each support the project based on their own expertise. Cross-sectoral cooperation provides valuable information and experiences.
- CHILDREN FIRST. Countless refugee children lack security, warmth, a home … This project is for them. The most important goal of The Sound of Home is to alleviate the suffering of war-affected children and juveniles.
- INTEGRATION. Young refugees arrive in reception centres via a variety of organizations such as Rode Kruis, Croix-Rouge, Fedasil or municipal OCMWs (public centres for social welfare). They have to rebuild their lives from scratch. In music schools they can make contact with peers in an informal way.
- CULTURAL PARTICIPATION. People affected by war are often stuck in a survival mode, with no time for arts and culture. Nonetheless, participation in arts and cultural activities brings people together and also has therapeutic effects.