Ukuleles for Peace is a wonderful organisation working towards creating bonds between Jewish and Arab children by bringing them together to play the ukulele. The project was initiated by ukulelist Paul Moore and the administrator of the organisation is Daphna Orion, his wife.
The Ukuleles for Peace organisation describe their goal as :
From Conflict to Coexistence: Creating opportunities for Jewish and Arab children to meet and become involved with one another in their daily lives.
The children of the Ukuleles for Peace orchestra are from the towns of Tira, a city with a muslim Arab population, and Hod Hasharon, a Jewish city. Both cities lie north of Tel Aviv, in the Center district of Israel.
In January 2010, Aquila strings (Aquila Corde) sent Lorenzo Vignando to film a documentary on the Ukuleles for Peace organisation. Aquila strings have been a generous sponsor and have donated strings and ukuleles to the Ukuleles for Peace cause.
Here is the documentary filmed by Lorenzo who has used his film-making talent to give us an insight into the Ukulele for Peace projet. You will no doubt recognise krabbers‘ beautiful song This Message .
Part One :
Part Two :
Ukuleles for Peace need to find sponsors and to attract funding and public donations to keep the project going.
If you wish to take part in this great cause :
– make a donation by clicking on the Make a Donation button on the left of the page of the Ukuleles for Peace website . If you make a donation of $20 or more, make sure you include your mailing address when you complete the donation so as to receive the CD from the Ukuleles for Peace orchestra, consisting of 17 ukulele tracks sung by the children.
– purchase the How to Play Ukulele for Peace ebook available on Al‘s Uke Hunt How to Play Ukulele site. The ebook consists of 16 arrangements and tabs of various pieces provided by many great ukulele players.
– let the world know about this project : share the videos on your blog, via your favourite social networking application etc…
For further information on the organisation, visit their site Ukuleles for Peace.