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Refugee children like Kaidar and Helma who participate in Blossom Hill’s music program at El Sistema Greece are discovering their passions through the power of music. Inspired by their lessons in a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment, they are developing their talents and envisioning a brighter future despite their challenging circumstances.

Kaidar fled to Greece from Syria a year ago when he was 12, and now lives with his family at the Refugee Camp of Schisto. Originally drawn to football, his path took an unexpected turn when he discovered the enchanting world of music and the captivating sounds of the violin. Through countless hours of practice and unwavering dedication, he discovered a profound connection to the violin. The instrument became an extension of his emotions, allowing him to express his innermost thoughts and dreams. It spoke to him in a way that words never could. Today, he aspires to become a maestro, a testament to the transformative power of music.

Helma, 14, has been on a journey of adjustment for the past two years in Greece since she fled Iran. It was through her discovery of a deep passion for singing in the choir that she found a sense of purpose and belonging. Eagerly attending her classes, Helma often arrives early, brimming with anticipation for the lessons to begin. Recently, Helma had the incredible opportunity to participate in the EDEN concert alongside the El Sistema Greece Youth Choir. Sharing the stage with renowned artists such as opera singer Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, she treasured every moment of the live performance, feeling like a movie star. Inspired by the impact and wonder of her time on stage, Helma dreams of one day becoming a famous singer.


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