What Cultures in Harmony's Friends Around the World Are Saying
Perhaps I could focus on how the Samuels Foundation has agreed to give us $3,000 if we can raise $3,000 in private donations by March 31, 2011.
Maybe I could emphasize that Cultures in Harmony was recently placed in the company of the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and Sesame Street, when we were recognized, along with them, as a Best Practice in International Cultural Engagement at the US Summit and Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy.
But instead, I headed to Facebook, and over simultaneous instant message conversations with friends in Pakistan, Mexico, Philippines, Egypt, and Tunisia, I asked them why you should consider Cultures in Harmony in your year-end charitable giving.
Here is what they said:
"Cultures in Harmony is another effort to keep kids off religious extremism. It has my full support and should have yours too."
Adil Omar, famous rapper, Pakistan
"It would be excellent if you could provide the support CiH needs as they have come to Mexico and have done a great job with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City. It would be very pleasant to have them back to support this music program."
Alonso, cellist, Mexico
"The Philippines is brimming with young and enthusiastic musicians, eager to share. If CiH came here, then they would have an outlet for sharing and learning at the same time."
Criselda, violinist, Philippines
"Egypt needs to be visited again. And tell them about the kids and the schools!"
Loay, engineering student, Egypt
"Cultures in Harmony was one of the most enriching experiences in my life in music. I still remember the day when we drew the Hands of Friendship. We should look to what unites us, not to what separates us. Politics does its best to make us hate each other. If relations were based on respect and tolerance, you would not see me as a Muslim girl. I would not see you as a bad American guy. We would just see each other as humans, and our differences would be an argument to get closer to each other, to enrich the little person that I am. With your respect to me, you will make me higher."
Nada, violinist and actress, Tunisia
I hope you will consider their words and give to Cultures in Harmony so that in 2011, 2012, and beyond, we can maintain the beautiful relationships music made possible. Rise to the challenge of the Samuels Foundation, so that our total donations from now until March 31 reach $3,000.
To the eloquent testimonials of our friends around the world, I can only add the wish from all of us at Cultures in Harmony that the holiday season lights your lives with joy.
Children in Pakistan enjoy forging connections through music on a Cultures in Harmony project