Sing for Hope continues to serve displaced populations through five Sing for Hope Pianos in refugee camps and public areas in Athens, Greece. This unique partnership, funded by a six-figure, multi-year grant from an anonymous Europe-based foundation, is supported on the ground by El Sistema Greece, an intensive community music program.
Athens-based program director Anis Barnat reports that people are visibly moved by the Sing for Hope Piano artwork and the “illuminating effect” it has on the communal rooms. Reports also attest to the refugee children’s excitement when they see and play the SFH Pianos, spending longer in the communal rooms as a result.
The Sing for Hope Pianos in Greece benefit an estimated 90,000 refugees and community members annually, in partnership with El Sistema Greece.
A final note on this program: In our Sing for Hope travels over the years, we often find ourselves channeling the wisdom of the very songs we sing. The melodic phrase that comes to mind when we think of our great partnership with El Sistema Greece is, “I get by with a little help from my friends!” This program is the product of rigorous conversations over the course of several years with dear friends new and old, all of whom contributed invaluably to make this international partnership a reality: Daniel Schwartz, Eva Haller, Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein, Anis Barnat, Dimitra Raftopoulou, Elisa Sologni, and Hara Chryssikopoulou Kessaris. Grateful to you all, and here’s to the future and our ever-expanding harmonies!