With the Music as Therapy International ehtos of sustainable projects in mind, we were delighted to receive an update from one of our local partners from Project Bethlehem in 2009.
Earlier this year,Noubar Vosgueritchian, a Local Partner from Project Bethlehem began working in a residential home for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities where he runs group and individual therapeutic music sessions once a week. Hogar Ninos Dios is run by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. They have brand new premises close to the Church of the Nativity and a small selection of percussion instruments, including a keyboard.
Noubar runs one group session and 3-4 individual sessions per week. The latter take place in the physiotherapy suite where clients can let off steam on the swing or ball pool before and after their sessions. Liz Coombes, Project Beit Sahour steering group member and Project Bethlehem trainer was invited into these sessions, and reports that Noubar is continuing to develop his therapeutic music skills. He has undertaken an additional music therapy techniques course in Bethlehem, enabling him to use greater theoretical understanding to enhance his therapeutic music skills
We look forward to keeping in touch with Noubar as his work develops.