Hannah and I have now had the chance to really settle in here in the Village, and feel part of the family.
Unfortunately the meetings we set up to sort out the sessions and training have had to be changed for various reasons, so we now have 2 meetings tomorrow to sort everything out. We will be training 6 staff in total, 3 here at the Village and 3 at the school. Weíre so excited to start this work!
Although it was frustrating to have the meetings changed, we have had the opportunity to observe classes in the school and meet the children here in the Village. We have taken some instruments round to the houses and played music with lots of children, as this will give us a good idea as to who would most benefit from Music as Therapy sessions and what the therapeutic aims of this work would be. We bought a æ guitar as we thought this would be a nice way of bringing music to the children, and it has proved really popular. The music teacher we will be training plays guitar, so we thought he would be able to use it in his sessions too.
Yesterday, Hannah and I went to an Olive Festival in nearby Beit Jala. There were lots of community music and dance groups performing, with local crafts and foods for sale and sampling ñ I particularly enjoyed the chocolate stall! We also bought some lovely embroidered cushion covers and Jerusalem stone ornaments, so are already collecting memories of our time here.