On 12 August, in one of the most beautiful hidden gardens of Rotterdam you can hear the sound of the bansuri (bamboo flute). It is one of the oldest instruments from the rich musical tradition of India and Pakistan.
On 12 August Diwa organises a Summer Night Concert in the lovely garden of the Swedish Church in Rotterdam. Entrance is free, but Diwa welcomes your gift to support the Brick Kiln Workers Education Project in Pakistan.
Address: Swedish Church, Parklaan 5, Rotterdam
The garden will open at 7 pm, and the concert starts at 8 pm.
This year Stichting Diwa has started 10 news schools under the Brick Kiln worker Education Project in Gujranwala, Pakistan. The Schools are located on different Brick Kilns locations in the surroundings of Gujranwala.
PSTA, our partner organization, is implementing this project. Teacher selection and their training is done, and students are enrolled. PSTA has provided books to the students. Other material things such as uniforms and desks are still in process.
PSTA is busy in awareness raising meetings and forming of parents committees in the target areas, so that parents can also take responsibilities in the future.
Stichting Diwa is going to organize a concert on 12 August 2011 at the beautiful garden of Swedish Church in Rotterdam. The main theme of this concert is Bansuri (flute). The flute is an important instrument in Indian/Pakistani classical music which is simply made of Bamboo. The bansuri flute plays an important role in religion as well as in stories and myths of the Indian subcontinent.
Amos Aaronson is going to play Indian Bansuri (flute) in the concert. He is an old student of Hariprasad Chaurasia, the famous bansuri-player who is teaching at the Rotterdams Conservatorium.
The purpose of this concert is fund raising for Stichting Diwa. Please come and join us to support the education of Brick Kilns children in Pakistan.
Hereby you receive the second newsletter of Stichting Diwa. With this newsletter we want to keep you up to date with the activities of Stichting Diwa.
Ongoing issues and events
by Jan Dirk Schouten
A lot has happened since the first newsletter. In Pakistan work has been done by investigating brick kiln areas and defining places to start schools and by informing brick kiln workers about the education project. The people are very enthusiastic and are looking forward to the moment the school really will start. Shahlla visited her family in Gujranwala and also visited the brick kiln workers. More about this in this newsletter.