“Ukuleles For Peace” Program

It’s always inspiring to come across an individual who creates a clever bridge in our world … no matter where nor how troubled the waters.

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In this case, it is Paul Moore and his Ukuleles for Peace program that he initiated in Israel. It’s all about uniting Arab and Jewish children … the catalyst is teaching and performing ukulele music together.

Paul, born in the outskirts of London in 1950, provides weekly ukulele instruction to school children residing in the town of Tira (muslim Arab population) and Hod Hasharon (a Jewish city). Also central to the program is Daphna Orion, Paul’s wife, who is the program administrator.

The children routinely visit each other’s community (often with family members) to perform as a ukulele orchestra. They sing in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Music making events stimulate conversation, friendship and opportunity to invite broader participation in the program.

Paul Moore - Founder of Ukuleles For Peace

Viewing the 8″ YouTube documentary sponsored by Aquila strings (click here) provides a wonderful glimpse into what this program is all about. It is amazing how such a little 4-string instrument can help make something VERY BIG happen.

And if interested to connect with such a cause, it’s easy to contribute via PayPal on their website (www.ukulelesforpeace.com).

You can also purchase an eBook of “How to Play Ukuleles for Peace” which includes arrangements and tabs for 16 songs from well known ukulele artists.

How might this inspire YOU to create bridges in your community?

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

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