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Joining the immersion team of the Community Care Chaplains and the Asian-Pacific Ministries of Arizona Conference to understand the daily challenges the refugees from Myanmar face is a life-changing experience for me. Eating, praying and sitting with them on the floor as we listened to their struggles led us to see why their voices needed to be heard by others. For instance,  forty-two Karenni refugee children didn’t mind squeezing in Phary Reh’s small apartment as he dedicatedly taught them songs.  Singing helps them transition from the Asian jungles to the tough urban life in Phoenix, AZ. We have witnessed how young refugees used music and arts to express their unshed tears and as well as their hope to see a bright tomorrow.  Phary, one of the few English speaking refugees, knows that musicality flows in their blood and that is a tool to instill the moral values he believes the children need should they want to survive in their new inner city environment.

Because music and arts have become the place of healing and transformation for these young refugees, the Community Care Chaplains and the Asian-Pacific Ministries of the Arizona Conference organized the Youth Empowerment Through Music and Arts (YEMA).  YEMA aims to empower  the young refugees from different ethnic groups of Myanmar such as the Karen, Karenni, and Chin currently residing in Phoenix, AZ.  Through music and arts, the program aims to provide better opportunities, environment, and decision-making in the future.  YEMA Phoenix 2012 kicked off on October 21 and ends on December 9, 2012.  In this particular program, the refugee children will be taught vocal and instrumental lessons which will then culminate in a benefit concert to be held on Dec. 16, 2012, themed “ With One Voice, We Sing”.  They will also be participating in inspirational talks and leadership training. The theme’s relevance stems from the objective of letting them find their “voice” and helping them be “heard”.  Their plight as refugees had never been easy from the beginning.  They now face the battle of reality as they navigate life in the American cultural setting.

In this light, we invite you to sponsor a refugee child.  For each $100 you donate,  you make it possible for a refugee child to avail of the 20 hours of  music lessons including the lesson materials,   shirt uniform,  spiritual guidance, self-respect, confidence, leadership,  and participation in the benefit concert.   Your picture will also be included in the concert’s souvenir program  as a major sponsor.  Make a difference in a refugee  child’s life by choosing to donate one of the following:

            $500 = 5 refugee children

            $400 = 4 refugee children

            $300 = 3 refugee children

            $200 = 2 refugee children

            $100 = 1 refugee child

Or you may donate ANY AMOUNT as you desire.  No donation is too big or too small.  Please donate through payitsquare.com or make your checks payable to Community Care Chaplains  and mail to Box  A-01, 5175 W. Ajo Hwy., Tucson, AZ 85735.

You may contact me at 520.971.8105 for more information.  Please visit and like our fanpage at Facebook.com/ccchaplains.  Thank you and God bless.

 

Mags Bulaklak-Tio

Fund Development Officer

                                                        

 

Organized by Magdalena Tio

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