Get and stay mobile together

Get and stay mobile together

Get and stay mobile together!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 65 million people worldwide require a wheelchair. 20 million affected people, 25% of whom are children, do not receive this aid.* Unfortunately, medical provision of assistive devices is not satisfactorily regulated in every country of the world. The welfare system in many countries does not cover the necessary costs and people with disabilities are faced with having to pay for necessary aids themselves. However, wheelchairs are unaffordable for many people around the world.

The SARIAS Foundation wants to support some of these people and is giving them mobility by providing wheelchairs free of charge to disabled people in need. Be it active wheelchairs, rehab buggies or children’s wheelchairs, the SARIAS Foundation regularly selects the most suitable mobility equipment for children, adolescents and disadvantaged people who have had to give up their mobility for various reasons. The resources are not distributed at random; we carefully determine who requires which resources in advance. Transportation of the wheelchairs is also organised by the SARIAS Foundation. So far, children and young people in Africa and Turkey have received their first or new wheelchairs through this channel. This brings a great deal of relief and independence to their families. It enables children and families to participate in social activities, creates opportunities and helps them to put inactivity behind them.

*(source: Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less-resourced settings – World Health Organization 2008)

 

The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

This year’s Berlin Fairytale Days took place from 5th to 22nd November 2020 under the motto of “Heaven and Earth – Fairy Tales and Stories from Above and Below”.

The uniting power of fairytales is vital in a culturally diverse society. They are an immeasurable treasure trove of experiences and life lessons. Each one contains values that all of humanity has in common, such as love, friendship, loyalty, courage and dedication.

The heroes of fairytales transcend boundaries and overcome obstacles between young and old, poor and rich, East and West and, as was the case this year, between Above and Below.

Due to the necessary measures that are currently in place, for the first time the festival took place online.

We should all stay within our own homes as much as possible. What could be more natural than settling down and immersing ourselves in the realm of adventure and other worlds?

Märchenland e.V. the organiser of the Fairytale Days, has put a great deal of effort into making sure we did not have to miss out on some wonderful fairytale time despite the pandemic. A lot of events can still be accessed in digital form by anyone at any time by visiting https://berliner-maerchentage.de.

For the second time, the SARIAS Foundation contributed to the success of the Berlin Fairytale Days with financial support and its very own event. Even though a great many things were different this year, we hope our viewers young and old still enjoyed these magical fairytales!

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of fairytale books is growing…

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of fairytale books is growing…

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of fairytale books is growing…

 

For our next story, we are spending some time in the Far East and travelling to Japan. The newest fairy tale in our series was chosen from the rich array of stories in the Land of the Rising Sun: “The Sun Knows Everything”.

The self-important moles are unhappy because the light from the sun dazzles them. They pretentiously start a war against the sun in order to stop it from shining… But they did not make allowances for the frogs! And of course, the sun punishes the moles for their impudence…

The Berlin-based illustrator Anne Hofmann is currently designing this amusing fairy tale for us, and here is a sneak preview

Köthen Bach Festival 2020 Concert and CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

Köthen Bach Festival 2020 Concert and CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

Köthen Bach Festival 2020 Concert and CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

In 2019, the SARIAS Foundation facilitated the creation of an exceptional CD recording: Johann Sebastian Bach’s legendary Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Born in Istanbul, Atilla Aldemir is an award-winning violinist and violist, and the solo violist of the MDR Symphony Orchestra. He performed the pieces on a viola – the first time in its history – at St Agnus Church in Köthen. The CD was launched on 6th September 2020 during the Köthen Bach Festival at the same location as it was recorded.

Entry was free of charge, although donations to the Arche Children and Youth Welfare Centre in Köthen were requested.

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert 

“The Jackal and the Goat’s Little Calf”
The setting of our Ethiopian fairy tale celebrated its première in the Konzerthaus.

Every summer, the Young Euro Classic international music festival invites the best youth orchestras from all over the world to the Berliner Konzerthaus. One of the principal focusses of the festival is inspiring the next generation to take up classical music and related art forms. It must be made easier for children in educationally deprived groups to have access to cultural participation and in many cases that access must be facilitated in the first place. When it is approachable and configured openly, culture can convey a sense of belonging that transcends the boundaries of our own way of life. It was with this in mind that Young Euro Classic collaborated with the SARIAS Foundation in 2020 to develop an innovative format for a Families Day. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic the planned programme could not take place this year. The alternative programme was no less exciting, however.

A little calf is born, but who is the father? The leopard tries to deceive the other animals. How will the other animal characters solve the dispute? Sinem Altan has now set our Ethiopian fairy tale to music for future generations. In three afternoon performances, audiences young and old (aged 6 and over) could listen to actor Nellie Thalbach lend her voice to the animals and read our fairy tale to Sinem Altan’s musical composition in the Kleiner Saal of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt.

Another children’s concert with performer “Hans die Wanze” took place on the Gendarmenmarkt before the event.

Photos: Kai Bienert Mutesouvenir