Sunday, March 19, 2006

3 Weeks to Go

Firstly I must speak about Beecroft Primary School. These children and their community along with the generosity of the Head Teacher are doing so much for Armenia that it fills me with immense happiness. In the past few months they have done some non-uniform days, a toy sale in which they have brought in all their unwanted toys to sell, and now they are preparing for a musical evening this week which will feature a projection of some of the photos of the village while the concert goes on. All benefits from this concert are once again going towards Martz. The school alone have raised over £700.00 and they are talking about sending some more after I am gone. One parent took it upon herself to raise money and donated £75.00. The outpouring of generosity is so touching. These children in Armenia will have their new floor and hopefully their new desks to write on as well. What a miracle!
Also - I have taught some of the children "Mardigi Yerkeh" for which I have written some verses in English - but to hear the children here in England sing one of the most loved Armenian songs and get excited about it is also something that is unexplainable for me. We Armenians have been silenced for so many years. If we all took it upon ourselves to give back a little bit of what the rest of the world has taken perhaps the next time someone mentioned Armenia people would know where it was and what it was.
The answers lie in our children. We should watch their reactions to their surroundings and ask about their opinions more often. You will be amazed at what you can learn!
I will try and put up some pictures of the little ones at their toy sale.
Peace, love and light


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