We are delighted to award a discretionary grant to Local Partner, Mirela Navligu. Mirela has been running music as therapy sessions at her old place of work since 2004, but went on to set up 'VivArt', an arts therapy centre in Timisoara last year. Knowing the benefits regular music therapy sessions can have on children with special needs, she appealed for our support to help her introduce a therapeutic music programme there. The grant will provide Mirela and the children attending the centre a wide range of instruments and written resources to enable them to enjoy regular music sessions together. Upon receiving the grant, she said:
"Thank you so much for recognising our work. It will be a great joy for the children but also a huge surprise. In fact your e-mail came at just the right time as we are in discussions with the association in Arad for children with autism who would like to begin music therapy sessions. We have been working with a boy with Down's Syndrome for four years, who loved our huge drum but now we only have a small bongo. He will be delighted with the new one when it arrives!"
We are very happy to be sending Mirela a collection of new instruments for 'VivArt' very soon!