January this year, when Monique De Margerie, a neighborhood musician first approached our Community Connection Program Manager, Fei Tang for volunteers opportunity with Syrian refugee kids, our Donation Centre had just began receiving large number of Syrian refugees. A choir seemed to be the most actionable idea. Since then, Fei and Monique started their quest to look for resources for the Choir.
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Four months later, the Nai Children’s Choir now has over 40 singing children. It is directed, organized and supported by a team of two CultureLink staff, five volunteer musicians and a dozen adult learning facilitators.
As Al-Nai choir kids learn songs and dance, their parents are having their conversation circles with our ESL tutors pic.twitter.com/kTApd0AigL
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Nai provides Syrian children age 6-11 with free weekly music education and gives their parents an opportunity to practice English conversation with experienced ESL educators. Thanks to Toronto Pearson Airport, parents also receive TTC tokens for their trips to the choir. The Nai Children’s Choir is a place for healing, learning and rejoicing with its programs focused on the well-being of refugee children and their parents.
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